Saturday, February 24, 2024

Just another fish in the sea. Here’s where your kids can learn how to swim

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According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the leading cause of death in children. (WYDaily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Everyone knows the best way to beat the heat is to go for a refreshing swim.

But if your little ones haven’t grown their fins yet, then what is supposed to be a relaxing swim can easily become stressful.

According to the American Red Cross, 10 people die each day from unintentional drowning, and on average two of them are under age 14, making drowning the leading cause of death in children.

So what’s the easiest way to keep your kids safe in the pools this summer? Teach them to swim.

Here is where you can take your guppies for swimming lessons.


Local YMCAs, such as the R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA at 301 Sentara Cir in Williamsburg, and the Victory Family YMCA at 101 Long Green Blvd in Yorktown, offer an assortment of swimming lessons for all ages and skill levels.

They also offer private swim lessons for those who prefer one-on-one attention. Residents wishing to look further into this option should contact their local Y.

Also offered are:  American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, and YMCA Lifeguard Certification Course, among other aquatic programs.

For more information on swim classes offer by the YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas, click here. 


757swim, which operates out of the aquatic center over in the WISC, is currently running swimming lessons for kids ages three to 10 years of age. The classes last for 8 weeks and are available at all swimming levels. Registration is open through next week.

To register, visit their website and look under the lessons tab or email if a class you are interested in is full or if you have any questions.

Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) Aquatics Center 

Located 641 Tyler Ave at Fort Eustis, the JBLE Aquatics Center offers swimming lessons year round along with CPR/AED training for the Professional Rescuer with First Aid classes. For more information on how to register for these classes, call 757-878-1090 or email

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross (ARC) also offers a search tool to find places that offer swimming lessons in your area. To find Red Cross certified swimming programs in your area, click here. 

Want a more hands-on way to track your kid’s swimming progress? There’s an app for that, too, with ARC’s free Swim App. To learn more about the app, click here.

For additional tips on safety in the water, visit the American Red Cross’s website here.


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