In the United States, there are on average over 3,500 drowning deaths annually, with 1 out of every 5 deaths being a child, 14 years old or younger. Two children die every day because of drowning. 

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago in 1909, and each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills. 

In Virginia, the Y is committed to providing swim lessons and water safety education so that every child is equipped with the tools they need to be confident in and around the water. We actively partner with supporting organizations to expand access to swim lessons and prevent drowning.