The YMCA of Jacksonville is offering swimming lessons and “no one will be turned away for an inability to pay”. The group is partnering with ethnic groups and youth programs for their “Make a Splash” program. The Jacksonville recreation department offers a learn to swim program in the summer for $40.
A national survey showed that six out of ten African American children and 56 percent of Hispanic kids cannot swim. Learning to swim will not only teach children a new sport but may also save their lives. In 2002, 40 percent of child drowning victims were minorities. Under Florida Statutes Ch. 515.29 the owner of a pool must have a fence around their pool. Even with a fence we encourage homeowners to constantly supervise kids in the pool.
To contact the First Coast YMCA call (904) 296-3220