Avenue was thrilled to partner with two YMCA branches, MD ANDERSON and HARRIET AND JOE FOSTER FAMILY, to offer a week-long Safety Around Water (SAW) Program for children and adults at several of our mixed-income multifamily properties including Washington Courtyards, Avenue Terrace, Avenue Station, and Oak Arbor Townhomes.
The purpose of the program is to teach basic water safety, techniques, and skills that could help to prevent drownings in the swimming pool. Certified lifeguards led lessons in proper breathing, controlling buoyancy, and opening eyes under water. Residents then practiced swimming sequences - moving across the pool, jumping into the water and returning safely to the side of the pool. Their progress was tracked daily as a way to display their progress and growth through the week. By the end of the week, they learned to put all these skills together in a continuous movement pattern and received certificates for completing the program.
Over the course of the summer, Avenue hosted 211 safety sessions for 45 children and their families. Thank you to the YMCA for providing this important and life-saving program!