Aquatics center grant to fund lessons


By Desiree Williams

Attendees of the 2017 USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation lessons pause near the pool. (Submitted photo)

For the fourth consecutive year, Lisa Brown, director of the Zionsville Aquatics Center, has received a grant from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation. It will be used to offer discounted adult swim lessons in April 2019, which U.S. Masters Swimming has deemed Adult Learn to Swim Month.

The center will host eight, 30-minute lessons that guests can attend for a $10 registration fee. Brown said 2019 will be the center’s fourth year offering the lessons.

“Many of us learn how to swim as small children and many have not had that opportunity,” she said. “So, if (adults) weren’t able to learn to swim as a child, learning to swim as an adult is a very frightening experience.”

Brown said only 30 percent of adults know how to swim the length of a pool, and there is only a 13 percent chance that parents who don’t know how to swim will teach their children.

Brown’s goals for the lessons align with the five water competencies put forth by the American Red Cross: jump into water over your head; return to surface and tread water for one minute; turn around 360 degrees; swim 25 yards and exit the pool without assistance.

“It’s the only sport that you can do for your whole entire life,” Brown said. “It’s the only sport that will save your life.”

Brown plans to begin lessons after spring break.

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