YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- For kids, swimming is one of the necessary life skills to acquire. Once they learn how to float and move in the water they can find lots of activities to enjoy in the water.

In order to help the kids adapt to the water in a short period of time, Child, Youth, and School Services provides focused swimming lessons for children to make summer both more productive and enjoyable for them on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.

CYSS ensured that the lessons would be fun for kids so that they would be able to learn while having a good time. In addition to making classes enjoyable, CYSS also made sure that all teachers in the program were well trained. This was so that children would be kept safe, and so that they would learn proper form as they were taught how to swim. Students are taught by highly trained Instructors and life guards that were all certified through the American Red Cross and who met CYSS requirements.

"A lot of Community members depend on the 'Learn to Swim' program because, for most children, it is their first experience swimming," said Alexander Tuuao, instructional program specialist for CYSS. "Through this program, children will learn good swimming techniques and safety guidelines as a life skill."

Tuuao explained that a good feature of the program was that it was open to a wide range of ages. Through the parent-toddler program, parents could accompany their children in the water. This means that children could learn to swim even from a very young age.

Each summer, CYSS offers several programs for children to enjoy summer while learning valuable skills. Learn to Swim is among the most popular programs every year.

This summer, Learn to Swim was conducted for four two week sessions. Currently the program is open for session three which began July 16. The last session starts July 30.

For more information and registration, call CYSS Parent Central at DSN 315-736-3015.