To combat the risk of drowning, Houston-area YMCAs and KPRC2 are partnering for free swim lessons this weekend.

To help combat drowning, the YMCA of Greater Houston will partner with KPRC2 to host a city-wide free Swim Class Event Saturday, June 8, to technically assess children’s swim abilities, offer kids ages 3 and older a taste of swim lessons at the Y, and provide parents with important tools for drowning prevention.

In Texas, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for non-fatal submersion injuries. Of the 91 child drownings in Texas last year, Harris County experienced the most with 10 children losing their lives. So far this year, 20 children have drowned in Texas.

“KPRC2 believes that summer and swimming go hand-in-hand,” says KPRC 2 Vice President/General Manager Jerry Martin. “We’re proud to work with the YMCA of Greater Houston on this potentially life-saving partnership.”

All Ys in the Greater Houston Area are participating and parents are encouraged to visit or visit the nearest center to secure a spot. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Swim class times will vary by location. “We have identified eliminating drowning as one of our strategic initiatives,” said Rosemary Lengefeld, district executive director of aquatics at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We also teach 30,000 children swim lessons annually and find that first and foremost, kids need to work on the basics that will keep them safe when they are in any body of water.”

Locally, the Lake Houston YMCA is participating. The address is 2420 W. Lake Houston Pkwy. in Kingwood and their phone number is 281-360-2500.

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