Not every child plays basketball, football, or soccer. But EVERY child should be a confident swimmer. Drownings are preventable, yet they occur far too often.
The Onyx Swim program provides economically disadvantaged youth an opportunity to properly learn how to swim, gain water safety knowledge, and hopefully develop a passion for the sport. Our organization relies on donations from the community to cover the cost of swim coaches, swim gear, pool rental, and insurance. Your donations will help reduce the number of accidental drownings and help keep kids safe. See Our Programs
Why Kids Must Learn To Swim
The OBVIOUS reason:
Knowing how to swim means you are potentially saving your own life. Once a child properly learns swimming and water safety skills, he or she is less likely to suffer an accidental drowning.
OTHER great reasons:
Knowing how to swim builds confidence. Studies have shown that adults who did not learn how to swim as a child, are less likely to learn as an adult because they cannot overcome their fears.
Health benefits- cardiovascular; exercise
Strength and Conditioning- swimming gives children additional conditioning that could enhance their success in other sports like basketball, soccer and football.
Swimming helps reduce child obesity.
Swimming is liberating- a child who has properly learned how to swim, can become a confident adult swimmer. A confident swimmer opens up other fun opportunities like, playing at the beach, attending pool parties, taking boat rides, snorkeling,--without anxiety or fear of drowning.
Facts about Drowning
- Texas ranks third in the nation in the reported number of child drownings in swimming pools. Over the past 7 years, Texas has reported an average of 80 child drownings per year in either pools, lakes, or rivers.
- African-American children drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers. (Source: CDC)
- According to a national research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70% of African-American and 60% of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim.
Program Director, Leslie Booker
At the age of 39, I signed up for my first triathlon. It wasn't until I began training for the race that I learned that I was not adequately prepared to swim; which is the first leg of a triathlon. As I got closer to the race date, not only did I lack the confidence to swim, I realized I was potentially placing myself, and maybe even others, at risk of injury and/or death. So, a few months before the race, I signed up for swim lessons. Now after having finished several triathlons, including five full Ironman events, I have become not only a confident swimmer, but I've also developed a passion for swimming. Contact Us