YMCA preschool swim class graduation

The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA held a graduation for their preschool swim class Tuesday evening.

The three- and four-year-olds were introduced to the pool and developed safe water habits. The children were taught life saving tools like to always ask for permission and how to help themselves stay afloat if they do fall in a pool.

As drowning is the leading cause of death in young children, water safety can be essential especially considering how much aquatic activities there are on the Coast.

The classes were pushed back a couple of times due to weather, but to finally see them complete the course was extremely rewarding to not only their guardians, but the instructors who trained them. YMCA Swim Instructor Kendall Chandler said, “The progression for this age group is incredible. I had a little kid that was deathly afraid to get into the water. He wouldn’t even put his toe in the water. Today he was having so much fun. He was jumping into the water, getting his head into the water. It’s just so many little accomplishments that mean so much to us.”

As they say, “the world is 71 percent water and your child is 100 percent curious,” so there’s no time like the present to teach them water safety.

At the YMCA, they start teaching at six months old. They also offer adult classes.

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