LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- Adults are learning how to swim thanks to a free program at the Lafayette YWCA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths.
Aquatics director Jordan Bonfitto said parents usually put their children first when it comes to swimming.
"There are families that to give their kids swim lessons even though they don't know how to swim," Bonfitto said. "But they wouldn't be able to do that for themselves. This is just one more barrier we can remove to give everyone access."
Swimmer Martin Corless joined the program two years ago after deciding he wanted to try scuba diving. Although the process took longer than expected, he said it was worth it.
"It was frustrating and not progressing as much as I would like to, but it was also enjoyable. The progress was enjoyable," said Corless.
Now he's at the facility teaching others how to swim. Corless said these free classes give adults the chance to get their feet wet and try something new.
The classes are offered every Sunday throughout the month of April and registration for the classes can be found here.