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YMCA Program Teaches South Florida Kids Swimming Skills

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    Kids Learning to Swim Thanks to YMCA Program

    NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia has more as organizers want youngsters to get used to water and know the safe ways to swim - in hopes of avoiding tragedy. (Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Called “Test, Mark, Protect”, the goal is to analyze each child's strengths and weaknesses in pools and other bodies of water.

    • The YMCA started implementing the program since the beginning of March, but with summer just around the corner these skills are crucial.

    It's clear, blue and refreshing--- but water can also be deadly. The YMCA of South Florida is working hard to prevent those dangers by rolling out a targeted water safety program.

    Called “Test, Mark, Protect”, the goal is to analyze each child's strengths and weaknesses in pools and other bodies of water, while also educating parents about water safety.

    “Test, Mark, Protect is our mandatory swim test that we provide to each child ages 12 and under that will determine where they are in their swimming abilities,” said Gary Judiciani, aquatic director of the Greater Hollywood YMCA.

    “Whether they’re a red as a non-swimmer, a yellow as an intermediate or a green as an advanced swimmer that they have passed all of our tests required,” Judiciani added.

    The YMCA started implementing the program since the beginning of March, but with summer just around the corner these skills are crucial. The instructors want parents and kids to feel comfortable in every scenario involving water.

    “The kids are having a great time. They’re learning about safety all while having fun. This is hands on,” Judiciani said. “They’re able to learn it right there with the instructor and at the same time they’re also learning a skill that they’ll have for the rest of their lives.”

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