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(Toledo News Now) -
is out and swimming season has begun. But that can mean danger if your children
local YMCA locations began a "Splash" program. For 15 years, they've been
providing free water safety courses for children aged 6 months to 12 years old.
Centers for Disease Control say drowning is the leading cause of injury death
for children 1-4 years old.
want them to learn the basics," said Melanie Grohowski, executive director and
aquatics director of the Eastern Community YMCA. "They are going to learn those
basic swimming skills, basic safety skills."
King brought her children Jacob, Solomon and Nyla to the YMCA for Splash. They
were also there two years ago.
thought it was important to get them in a session again," King said. "It's
important for the kids to learn how to swim so that when they are around any
body of water, as a parent, you are comfortable. If you take your eye off them
for just a second, you know that they will be okay."
kids had fun during the program and learned something.
we're around water, it's just safer for us to know what we're doing and not to
be in danger or anything," said Jacob King.
don't have to be members of the YMCA to enroll their children in Splash. There
are still a few openings in the program, so call a local branch to sign up.