Experts urge parents to get their kids started in swimming lessons


With temperatures rising, it’s only a matter of time before local pools and lakes are filled with central Ohioans.

As many begin thinking about the warmer temperatures, local aquatic experts are urging parents to introduce swimming lessons to their youngsters.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between ages one and four. Researchers have also determined the United States averages 10 drownings per day.

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Chris Tamasovich, Aquatics Director with the YMCA, says establishing an initial interaction with water is crucial in establishing long term success with swimming lessons.

“We see it is so much harder to introduce water to children that get a little bit older and aren’t comfortable in the water,” said Chris Tamasovich. “At the YMCA, we start lessons at six months, but we encourage our parents to get their kids in the water as soon as possible."

For mother of three Nadia Long, the lessons offer a peace of mind as the family approaches a busy summer season.

“I think it’s really important our kids are safe around water no matter what situation they’re in," she said. “I was a lifeguard in my teens and I rescued children myself and I understand the importance of water safety through that.”

The YMCA offers lessons with new sessions starting each month. Financial assistance at the YMCA is available for those who qualify.