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Swim lessons teach vital life-saving skills

Recreation centers are busy along the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee with kids summer camps and swim lessons. (Source: WMBF News) Recreation centers are busy along the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee with kids summer camps and swim lessons. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Swim instructors encourage parents to sign their kids up for swim classes at some point during the summer to help refresh their skills before hitting the lake or ocean.

Recreation centers are busy along the Grand Strand and in the Pee Dee with kids summer camps and swim lessons. Even though the kids have been out of school for summer break for weeks now, it’s not too late to refresh their swimming skills. The aquatics director at the YMCA of Coastal Carolina said you’ll know if your kids are not ready and need swim lessons, if they’re simply not comfortable in the water or don’t even want to get in the water.

At the YMCA off 62nd Avenue North, swim classes are available for all skill levels and all ages, from six months old to adults. The classes will focus on different skills for different age groups. For beginners, they’ll learn the basics of kicking, pulling, blowing bubbles, getting their faces wet, and floating on their back. As kids become more comfortable in the water and they become stronger, they’ll build up to more advanced skills like using their arms, learning how to breathe properly, and the breast stroke. Finally for older kids, they’ll learn the four competitive strokes that can help them if they want to try out for a swim team someday.

"It's never too late to learn how to swim,” said Michelle Krenzer, the Coastal Carolina YMCA Aquatics Director. “It's a valuable life-saving skill that everybody should have. Regardless of their age, everyone needs to know how to swim."

At swim camps and classes, kids also learn valuable water safety lessons. Instructors want to make sure they emphasize education for both kids and their parents. So they’ll make sure kids are familiar with life jackets. And they will teach kids to wear life jackets at all times on a boat and in the ocean. Because even the strongest swimmers could be overtaken by a rip current. The kids will also learn what to do in an emergency.

"We also teach the kids to reach and throw and don't go. Meaning that if they see someone in trouble, we teach them to throw something out to them or to reach something out to them as opposed to wanting to instinctively jump in and go and grab them,” said Krenzer.

The classes at the YMCA off 62nd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach usually have around five kids to make sure they all get plenty of one-on-one attention. For the classes or swim camps, you can register online, in person, or over the phone. Those classes run in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and Saturday mornings. So there are plenty of times for you to choose from to fit your busy schedule. And if the YMCA is booked up, there are other aquatic centers all over that are hosting swim camps right now.

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