At the YMCA of South Collier, we believe that swimming is a life skill. In our coastal community, it is vitally important that every person of any age knows how to swim. We are dedicated to teaching swim lessons and providing water safety education in our community and here’s why:
- Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%
- 64% of African American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability
- For every child who loses their life from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries
- DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE!
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. The YMCA of South Collier offers lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming, and water exercise. All YMCA swimming lessons and activities are taught by caring and well trained individuals that have a passion for water safety.
At the YMCA, we believe that every child should know how to be safe in and around water. It is our priority to prevent drownings in our community. Throughout the year, the YMCA provides fully funded Safety Around Water Programming to children and families in south Collier County.
SWIM Central is a water safety program brought to our communities by the Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County and funded by NCH.
WaterWise is a program developed by the YMCA of South Collier in partnership with the Marco Island Fire Department and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Every May, the 3rd graders from local elementary schools are invited on a field trip to the YMCA to learn water safety, boater safety, and water rescue skills.
If you are visiting Marco Island and wish to borrow a Puddle Jumper or Lifejacket, please visit the YMCA of South Collier on Marco Island. This is a FREE program. When you pick up your Puddle Jumper or Lifejacket, we ask that you deposit $20 cash or check and when you return the Puddle Jumper or Lifejacket, you will be refunded.