By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 10, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Students in Valdosta dove in to water safety on Thursday.
Second graders from Valdosta City Schools were treated lessons at the YMCA in Valdosta as part of a four day program.
Some of the lessons include how to safely get out of the water if they fall in, and what to do if they're far aware from the edge and get tired trying to swim back.
With summer break is right around the corner, organizers said this is a way to help kids conquer their fear of that water, and to understand the risks.
"If we can get the kids early, that's what we want to do. We want them to appreciate the water, we want them to appreciate the dangers of the water, but also the fun of it," said YMCA Phyisical Director Randy Gayton. "This is a skill that can last through their lifetime, we can have people swimming laps, doing water aerobics, it can really affect their lives."
This is a new partnership with the YMCA. Second graders from both Valdosta and Lowndes County Schools are participating. Organizers plan to pick it back up at the beginning of next school year with a new group of second graders.