The YMCA of the Triangle launched Swim for Life in March 2011 in response to reports that minority children and teens had high drowning rates, and some 70% of African-American kids did not know how to swim.
We believe swimming is a life skill and all children and adults should have access to water safety classes and basic swim lessons.
Swim for Life offers free swim lessons for children and adults based on income qualifications, and the program is funded through the YMCA's Annual Campaign.
Swim for Life classes are held periodically throughout the year at several YMCA branches. We hope to expand this vital program in the coming years to serve more children and families at pools around the Triangle.