I prayed for the day my daughter would learn how to swim. As her dad, I want her to succeed in everything - but nothing is more important than the safety of my little girl.
By the time Analiese reached the second grade, she'd never been in a pool without a life vest. Like a lot of kids, she was afraid of the water. She couldn't swim and learning how seemed scary too. This year, we were intent on changing that. So we enrolled Analiese in YMCA's FREE Safety Around Water program at the Alabaster Branch.
The first day of class, Analiese didn't know what to expect. She clung to the security of her lifejacket and hesitantly approached the water. But she was determined. With the encouragement of the Y staff, her anxiety soon disappeared, and by the end of the week, she was able to swim across the pool with all the confidence in the world - and without a life vest.
I am so proud of Analiese and thankful to the Y for teaching my bay to swim.
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