New partnership at local YMCA teaches adults to swim

New partnership at local YMCA teaches adults to swim

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 12:00 PM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- According to experts, 37% of adults are afraid of the water.  However, a new YMCA program aims to change all of that. 

Sailfish Aquatics and the YMCA are partnering to offer free, one-on-one swim lessons for adults at the West Cabarrus and Kannapolis YMCAs starting in January. 

Sandra Fields signed up the class. 

"I would get in the pool, but always stay in the shallow end and play in the water, but never took lessons or anything to know how, " she said. 

Fields says she's now up for the challenge. 

"I've always wanted to learn how to swim, and I thought, at 65...would be a good time to try it." 

Other than being an important life skill,  there's another good reason to get in the pool.

"Swimming is a very great exercise.  Not impact on the knees, no impact on the ankles.  So, as you get older in age and you can't run anymore, swimming is a perfect way to keep extending that fitness life," said Jeremey Cawley.

The YMCA is offering the free class to 100 people and it runs through April.  For more information, contact the West Cabarrus of Kannapolis YMCA.

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