YMCA Director: Parents should be involved in child's swimming lessons


POSTED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 8:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 9:52pm

It is not officially summer just yet, but with expected triple digit heat all week, many kids will be heading to the pool to cool off.

Now is the time when many parents will be registering their kids for swimming lessons.

"It is summertime and swimming lessons are at full steam ahead right now," said Bill Coon, Executive Director of the Loya Family YMCA in East El Paso, 

 Coon said it is important for parents to be involved in those lessons.  He offered the following tips:

  • Make sure the instructors are trained, and have some kind of certification.
  • Look for lifeguards on duty at all times during lessons.
  • Meet instructors in advances to ensure they are kid-friendly.
  • Communicate with the instructor about child's progress.

"That open line of communication helps the parents understand where the child is, and maybe they can come in when it's open swim and help work on some of those skills," said Coon.

Coon said it is important for parents to be aware of their child's level of swimming because kids learn to swim at different rates, and some children may require more lessons than others.

"I like to know what they're teaching them to make sure they're learning the skills that I think are important for them to know," said Sheila Micklus who enrolled two of her children in swimming lessons for the first time this year.

Angelica Oberson from East El Paso said her 5-year-old son took swimming lessons last year, but after seeing him in the water, she enrolled him for lessons again this year.

"I don't think he's ready and that's why we're going to continue with the swimming lessons," said Oberson.

Coon said the most important thing to remember is that whether the are beginners or advanced swimmers, children should always be supervised when they are near water.


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