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$5 swim lessons at Milwaukee YMCA

Beginning June 22, 2015, the Milwaukee Y is offering swim lessons in five Milwaukee County Parks that are geared toward non-swimmers to learn basic swim skills and water safety, including how to recognize dangerous situations when in and around water environments. 

Lessons are available for children ages six and above, as well as non-swimming adults. Swim lessons will be taught in age-appropriate groups to ensure optimal skill and safety outcomes. 

Spots are available for these introductory classes that are offered at different times throughout the metro Milwaukee area, so parents are sure to find swim lessons that fit their child's needs and their schedule. Additionally, lessons are taught by certified YMCA swim instructors. 

Sessions are $5 per individual or $10 per family and much of the costs of these lessons will be covered by community donations. 

No family will be turned away due to a lack of financial resources. 

\"Milwaukee  Swims\" will continue through 22nd. 

Lesson times: Children ages 6-8 years old and 9-12 years old,  lessons take place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10-10:45 am and from 11-11:45 am. 

Children 13 and older, lessons take place Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11-11:45 am. 

Individuals age 21 and older, lessons take place Saturdays from 11-11:45 am.

Five Milwaukee County Park locations: · David F. Schultz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park 1301 W Hampton Ave., Milwaukee · Jackson Park 3500 W Forest Home Ave. Milwaukee · Pelican Cove Family Water Park in Kosciuszko Park 2201 S. 7th St., Milwaukee · Sheridan Park 4800 S Lake Dr., Cudahy · Washington Park 1859 N 40 St., Milwaukee.

Fatal drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in children 1-14.

Adding to this grave problem is the fact that nationally, 70 percent of African-American children, 58 percent of Hispanic children and 40 percent of white children have little or no swimming ability. 

\"We want to strengthen our communities and allow people to stay healthy,\" said Peggy Loomis of the YMCA. \"Swimming is an easy activity once you become accustomed to the water.\"

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