12. July 2012 11:54
According to the YMCA, a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child 4 or under. Yet, most drownings are preventable. New evidence shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents should decide whether to enroll an individual child in swim lessons based on the child’s frequency of exposure to water, emotional development, physical abilities, and certain health conditions. They encourage parents to participate in all activities and remind us that even a child who knows how to swim needs constant supervision. The AAP Web site offers some helpful swimming safety rules as well.
Formal swim lessons available in Durham
» YMCA Swim Lessons (Visit the YMCA online)
Parent/Child Swim Lessons: Available for children ages 6 months to 2 years. The Parent/Child class is designed to teach parents how to safely deal with their child in the water, as well as to teach the child to enjoy the water experience while beginning to learn many basic swimming skills needed for future classes.
Weekend Sessions at the Downtown YMCA
Sessions are on Saturday, August 11 – September 15. 9-9:35 am or 9:45-10:20 am or 10:30-11:05 am.
Cost is $51 for YMCA members and $72 for non-members. Registration ends Aug. 6.
Weekend Sessions at Hope Valley Farms YMCA
Sessions are Saturday, July 21 – August 25 from 9:45 to 10:20 am. Cost is $64 for YMCA members and $78 for non-members. Registration ends July 14.
Weekday Sessions at Hope Valley Farms YMCA
Cost is $64 for YMCA members and $78 for non-members.
Monday – Thursday, July 23-26 or July 30-Aug. 2. Session Times: 5-5:35; 5:45-6:20; or 6:30-7:05 pm. Registration ends July 16.
Monday – Thursday, Aug. 13 – 16 or Aug. 20-23. Session Times: 5-5:35; 5:45-6:20; or 6:30-7:05 pm. Registration ends Aug. 6.
Click here to download the YMCA swim Registration Form.
» Durham Parks and Recreation (Visit Durham Parks and Rec online)
Beyond lap swim, unstructured swim time, aerobic classes, and lane rentals, there are also parent tot and toddler swim lessons available through August. You can register on-site or online.
Edison Johnson Aquatic Center: 500 West Murray Ave., (919) 560-4265
Campus Hills Recreation Center: 2000 South Alston Ave., (919) 560-4444
Parent Tot Swim classes
This class teaches parents basic water skills and child safety in and around the water. Learning is done through water exploration, play, and songs. Age: 6 months-3 years. Prices range from $42 - $56.
Edison Johnson Aquatic Center
Session #7820 is Monday – Thursday, July 30 - Aug. 9 from 8 - 8:30 am.
Session #7914 is Monday and Wednesday, July 16 – Aug. 8 from 5:15 - 5:45 pm.
Session #7918 Monday – Thursday, July 30 – Aug. 9 from 9:20 - 9:50 am.
Preschool Swim classes
Preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) begin with water adjustment and progress to basic water skills and swimming. Prices range from $42 - $56.
Session #7923 is Monday – Thursday, July 16 - July 26 from 8 - 8:30 am.
Session #7927 is Monday – Thursday, July 16 - July 26 from 8:40 - 9:10 am.
Session #7924 is Monday – Thursday, July 30 – Aug. 9 from 8 - 8:30 am.
Session #7928 is Monday – Thursday, July 30 – Aug. 9 from 8:40 - 9:10 am.
Outdoor pools are open seasonally now through August 17th. Daily Admission Fees range from $2 - $4. Children ages 3 and under are free of charge.
Hours of operation are: Monday - Friday from 1-5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 1–5 pm.
Long Meadow Pool: 917 Liberty St.
Hillside Pool: 1300 S. Roxboro Rd.
Forest Hills Pool: 1639 University Dr.
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