Van Deinse said the YMCA can make it affordable for schools to teach swimming.
“We’ve been talking with the schools and we are going to teach every kid from our region how to swim,” Van Deinse said. “That’s about 2,000 kids we hope to have contact with for a six-week program.”
The YMCA would target third graders in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim and Kalkaska counties. Van Deinse said children can be taught swimming basics in six weeks.
TCAPS officials said so far their discussions have been preliminary and theoretical, but they are interested in further exploring swimming program possibilities.
“Everybody loves the concept, and hopefully where there’s a will there’s a way,” Soma said.