All Horizons students learn to swim. Becoming a proficient swimmer is an important life skill that builds confidence and a desire to achieve. Further, swimming is a skill that many low-income children do not have the opportunity to acquire. Nearly 70% of African American children and 58% of Hispanic children have low or no swimming ability, putting them at a higher risk for drowning. In predominately minority communities, the youth drowning rate is 2-3 times higher than the national average.
Most students come to Horizons not knowing how to swim and fearful of the water. Overcoming this fear and learning to trust qualified instructors builds their self-esteem and encourages risk-taking in the classroom. Swimming adds the active core dimension of our program and quickly becomes a favorite activity and a break from academics!
Learning to swim:
- Encourages attention to detail and commitment to a goal
- Teaches resilience and strategies to overcome fears and obstacles
- Inspires children to adopt a healthy lifestyle
- Introduces a competitive sport
- Teaches skills for summer employment
- Is FUN! Promoting a love for and engagement in Horizons