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Children of color ages 5 to 19 drown in swimming pools at rates 5.5 times higher than those of Caucasian children in the same age range. Teaching children how to be safe around water is a necessity, not a luxury. Swim lessons at the YMCA will equip youth with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of achievement when they learn new skills.