YMCA offers swim classes and tips to stay safe


Families flock to waterways when summertime sets in so it’s important to know live-saving tips.

The YMCA in Shreveport offers swim lessons for all ages. 

“Learning how to swim or just being around water, it’s not something to fear, it’s something to respect,” said Ryan Watson, YMCA Aquatics Program Director.

To help local kids get water ready, the YMCA was awarded a grant through the Community Foundation to host their annual Swim-for-Life program.

Every Caddo Parish second-grader can take a free four day class. 

“At the beginning of the four days kids who never learned how or been around water by the end of the time they didn’t want to leave,” Watson said. 

Watson said children and adults need to know how to swim and correctly float. If at a pool, make sure there’s a life-guard and children are supervised. 

If out on the lake, kids and adults should always wear a coast-guard approved life jacket that fits right. People shouldn’t swim by themselves or dive-in head first because there could be trees and rocks hidden underneath the surface. 

Watson said if you don’t know how to swim, it’s never to late to learn. 

“It’s very, very important. If we don’t get it at that early age. There’s many adults out here that do not know how to swim and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Watson said. 

Swim classes at the YMCA for members starts at 80 dollars and for non members it’s 100 dollars.

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