The Russellville Carpenter Fitness & Aquatic Center, in conjunction with the Logan County School Swim Team, offered a helping hand this week to several children attending the Concerned Citizens Summer Youth Camp. Members of the swim team donated their time and skills to teach the important lessons of swimming.
Concerned Citizens Director Doris Vick said learning to swim is extremely important and may save someone’s life.
“I wish someone would have taken the time to teach me how to swim,” said Vick. “I feel it is important to learn. Learning the skills to swim could save your life someday or the life of someone else. I extend my appreciation to both the Carpenter Center and their staff and members of the Logan County Swim Team for their generosity in teaching these important lessons to the children.”
According to JoAnn DeArmond, Director of the Carpenter Center, all to often drownings are the result of parental supervision or lack of swimming education for children.
“The fear of drowning was found to be the strongest predictor of swimming fatalities,” said DeArmond. “Children from lower income families who can’t afford the fee of swim lessons is a major factor also. Minority swimming participation found that 70 percent of African American children and 58 percent of Hispanic children have low or no swimming ability.”
DeArmond went on to add that if you ask children if they can swim 40 percent will respond with a yes even though they have not had a lesson. This, said DeArmond, is a false sense of confidence that can lead to tragedy.
Rachelle Wharton, swim coach for the Logan County Schools, says her team was more then happy to help.
“We feel like learning how to swim is a life-saving skill and it is really important to pas that skill on to others,” said Wharton. “It also offers some of the best exercise. Helping out others is a good lesson for young people to learn as well.”
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