YMCA Hosts Free Swimming Lessons for Kids

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FORT WORTH - Summertime equals pool time for many kids across North Texas but that can also lead to stressful times for their parents. According to HelpAndHope.org, 77 kids have drowned in Texas just this year.

On Wednesday, in an effort to prevent any more drownings, the YMCA in Fort Worth offered free swimming lessons for kids as part of the second annual "Safety Around Water" program but this show also goes on the road, "We're going to 20 different apartment complexes this summer,” explains swimming instructor Korey Thedford. “Teaching them all on their home turf, swim lessons, basic skills. If you were to fall in the water, how to get back to the wall safely."

But Thedford says it doesn't stop with what the kids can do to help themselves, "Grabbing a ring buoy, or shepherds crook or anything long enough to reach them or anything you can throw that floats so that way they can potentially help save a life." Something that parents who attended the event were definitely grateful for.

The program ends this week but will return next summer in a continued effort to prevent future tragedies around the pool.