NBC 6 South Florida, YMCA Team Up for Swim Week

NBC 6 South Florida has partnered up with the YMCA of South Florida for "Swim Week" to help provide drowning prevention tips, advice and stories.

Swim Week will be taking place April 18-22, 2016, on NBC 6. The initiative comes just ahead of May, which is National Water Safety Awareness Month.

From May 2-6, the YMCA will be offering FREE swimming lessons at local locations. Whether just learning to swim, improving strokes or taking water exercise classes, members are in safe hands with certified swimming instructors and lifeguards.


Pembroke Pines
Aquatic & Program Center

1361 NW 129th Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Greater Hollywood
YMCA Family Center

3161 Taft Street
Hollywood, FL 33021

Weston YMCA
Family Center

20201 Saddle Club Rd
Weston, FL 33327

North Pointe
YMCA Family Center

7351 NW 186 Street
Miami, FL 33015

Homestead YMCA
Family Center & Preschool

1034 NE 8 Street
Homestead, FL 33030

John Mullins
Aquatic Park*

2000 NW 55 Avenue
Lauderhill, FL 33313

Family Center*

408 NW 14 Terrace
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33311

Community YMCA*

1901 NW 49 Avenue
Lauderhill, FL 33313

*For Swim Lessons at John Mullins Aquatic Park register at LA Lee YMCA Family Center or Lauderhill Community YMCA.

In addition, the YMCA is also promoting the concept of being a "water watcher." For full details on picking up a badge, click here.

Why are swimming skills so important?

  • Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in Florida.
  • Enough children in Florida drown each year to fill 4 classrooms.
  • 3 children a day in the United States die from a drowning incident.
  • From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014, at least 174 children between the ages of 1 to 14 drowned in swimming pools or spas.

Having swimming skills could be the difference between life and death for you and your child.

Throughout Swim Week, NBC 6 will be highlighting the following stories:

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