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Every year the Downtown Seattle YMCA runs a swimathon called swim your fins off to help raise money for our Annual Fund Drive.
Swimmers sign up to swim for one hour and befoehand ask their network of friends and family to sponsor them per lap swam or as a flat rate for this swimathon.
All money raised supports the Downtown YMCA and this event specifically is designed to pay for the cost of summer water safety lessons for low income children, just $144 per child for 8 lessons!
Drowning is preventable and our goal is to make Seattle as drownproof as possible - here are some shocking statistics and the reason why we do this work:
- 3 children die every day from drowning
- Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids ahed 5-14
- 60% of kids drown are just 10 feet from safety
- 88% of kids drown under adult supervision.
Thanks to your support we can teach children in our community the skills they need to survive in water.