Summer is almost here, and that means kids will likely be swimming a lot when the heat goes up. I loved swimming as a kid and was even able to swim laps without coming up for air. My parents also made sure that I took proper swimming lessons, as a safety measure.
That said, it’s great to hear that free swim lessons are being offered in Southeast Michigan to promote water safety.
Huron-Clinton Metroparks is teaming with additional organizations to offer these lessons and pay for the costs of equipment, instructors, swimsuits and goggles. The hope is that having more kids learning how to properly swim will result in fewer swimming deaths and injuries. According to Metroparks, more than 25 people drown in Michigan each summer. Metroparks added that a 2021 study on water safety discovered that the cost of swim lessons is one of the biggest reasons kids don’t take lessons in the area.
“Southeast Michigan has some of the best water recreation opportunities available, and we want everyone to have full access and feel safe when they visit the parks, so we are grateful for the opportunity to partner with organizations throughout the region to improve swim safety for the children who live here,” Huron-Clinton Metroparks director Amy McMillan said in a statement. “We can accomplish more together than we can by working individually.”
LBrennan, Heilmann, Butzel and Patton pools will offer lessons with certified instructors from the American Red Cross. Public bus routes will go to all the locations. For more information and to register, head to Detroit’s website. As for other areas in metro Detroit, Metroparks is also teaming with Family YMCA in Mount Clemens to offer swim lessons to 175 students. For more information, call 586-468-1411. In Washtenaw County, Metroparks is teaming with Friends of Rutherford pool in Ypsilanti to give lessons to 300 kids in the 48197 and 48198 zip codes. For information and to register, head to forpool.org.