Start early when teaching kids to swim, experts say

Abby Kemna and her 2-year-old son Harper practice kicking during their Saturday morning Parent Teacher swim class at the Jefferson City Knowles YMCA.

Abby Kemna and her 2-year-old son Harper practice kicking during their Saturday morning Parent Teacher swim class at the Jefferson City Knowles YMCA. Photo by Deborah Cote.

There’s nothing like a dip in the pool on a hot day, but you’ll be left out of the fun if you don’t know how to swim. That’s why many Jefferson City parents use the summer months to get their children comfortable in the water.

“Swimming is a life skill that you can use at any age,” said Ronnie Phelps, aquatics director at the Jefferson City Area YMCA. “It is a great activity.”

The YMCA and Jefferson City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry offer group and private swim lessons for children 6 months and older.

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