Your support will help our mission to DROWNPROOF RICHMOND!
SwimRVA is proud to be a part of the Learn To Swim programs which give local 2nd graders free swim lessons. This unique program is a game changer to end needless drowning deaths and a huge leap in building a more physically active community. Together we can change our children's future for generations to come! You are making Richmond a safer and healthier community! Thank you very much for your support.
The Learn To Swim program was started back in the mid-90's by the YMCA. The goal was to make sure that every child has the opportunity to learn a skill that can save their life more ways than one. You are helping to provide these children with the ability to stay safe in the water, as well as, a tool to be active and healthy for their entire life. Throughout the last couple decades they have successfully implemented 32 schools in the city of Richmond with the program. When SwimRVA was being developed several years ago one of the main goals of the facility was to promote water safety. We have since started the same program and this year we successfully gave all 2nd graders in 12 different schools FREE swim lessons! The swim lessons are once a week for 7 weeks, 45 minutes long, during the school day and everything is paid for by you. The ultimate goal by 2020 is to have all 120 elementary schools in the Greater Richmond Region participating in the program.
1. 50% of the entire population in your River City(RVA) does not know how to swim!
Do you really need another statistic? Well...we have a few more anyways:
2. Drowning is the number one leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths ages 1-4, number 2 leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths ages 14 and under, and number 5 leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for all ages.
3. It is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1-4 nonfatal submersions that result in hospitalization.
4. Of all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent of them are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning.