‘Very fulfilling’: YMCA offers swim lessons to keep people safe

CHARLOTTE — The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is doing its part to ensure people keep safety paramount as more people hit the water.

A program at The Y offers classes for swimmers at every level.

The summer hasn’t started and Channel 9 has reported on three drownings so far this spring.


The program is so popular that lessons in June are already booked.

“When I would go to the pool, I would get in what I would stay in the shallow end of the pool and just use that part of the pool,” Carmen Allen told Channel 9 reporter Erika Jackson.

Allen, a retiree, has almost completed her lessons.

“My goal is to eventually do lap-swimming,” she said. “Use that as exercise.”

Allen is gaining skills and confidence through The Y’s adult swim lessons.

“It’s very emotional,” said Mary Luttrell, a swim lesson instructor at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. “It’s very fulfilling, and it is a strange environment. You’re learning how to exhale into the water.”

Luttrell said more students are signing up as the weather warms up.

“They really have a sincere desire to do this, and it’s taking them some courage and some time to build up to this,” Luttrell said.

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