YWCA's free swim day makes a big splash
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Kids got to enjoy swimming and splashing around, while learning some valuable lessons about swim safety.

The YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear hosted the pool day to teach kids from Wilmington Housing Authority communities how to swim and how to stay safe in the water.

"It's great because you get to do stuff you've never done before,” 12-year-old Za'Kiyah Murphy said.

Kids went from station to station learning everything from how to save others, how to float on your back, and most importantly how to swim.

Za'Kiyah brought along her little sister to join in the fun.

"I brought my little sister here to do it with us for her to learn how to swim because she didn't know how to swim,” Za'Kiyah explained.

And even though her little sister may not have fully enjoyed the experience, Za'kiyah says learning how to become a better swimmer is extremely important.

Nine-year-old Jason McIntyre says he was more interested in learning about the dangers of being in the water.

"My favorite part was learning all the dangerous stuff and what's not the dangerous stuff,” Jason said.

He even taught me what to do when you find yourself caught in a rip current.

"If it pulls you back, you've got to swim to the side and wave your hands so the lifeguard can see you,” Jason explained.

The underwater fun came to a cheesy end with a pizza party for all. Kids say they love getting the opportunity to get their feet wet and learn a thing or two about swimming.

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Thanks,I'm Zakiyah's mother and yes they really enjoyed their selves. All I heard when they got home. It was a great experience for the kids.