What We Do + Why

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What We Do

  • Each summer, we offer 6 weeks, 2x per week, of FREE small group lessons to over 100 children who attend the Canal Childcare Center and Pickleweed Community Center Kids Club in San Rafael, CA.
  •  The children range from 3-8 years old and are from low-income, mostly Latino, underserved working families.  The Canal Childcare Center is operated by the Community Action Marin Child Development Agency.  Kids Club is supported by the Catholic Charities of San Francisco.

Why

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under 14.
  • As high as 70% of African-American, 60% of Hispanic/Latino, and 42% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.
  • 10 people drown each day in the United States.
  • Formal swim lessons reduce the likelihood of drowning by 88%.