Did you know that three children die every day as a result of drowning? If that wasn't horrifying enough, Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4 years. In a state with over 8,000 lakes, miles of ocean front, and what seems like a pool in every backyard, something needs to be done.
Thankfully, Drowning Prevention is of the highest concern for the South Florida YMCA, and the new L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center opening in Fort Lauderdale next year, will offer water safety and swim lessons to the community.
“Drowning deaths are the leading cause of death among small children, but we know drowning is preventable with swim lessons,” said Sheryl A. Woods, President & CEO of the YMCA of South Florida. “The Y is dedicated to making sure that all children have the opportunity to learn how to swim and that all families are educated about how to keep their loved ones safe in and around water – regardless of their race or ethnicity, or where they live.”
With the new pool at the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in the Sistrunk community more people will be able to learn to swim, be safe and have the opportunity to enjoy water activities, with the goal of reducing the number of drownings in South Florida.
Here’s why it matters:
- 88% of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision - National SAFE KIDS Campaign
- Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88% - USA Swimming Foundation
- For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
In addition to offering life-saving swim lessons and drowning prevention programs, the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center will also provide fitness and lap swim programming for all ages, including active older adults. For additional information, contact the YMCA at 954-334-9622, or visit ymcasouthflorida.org.