No Child Will Drown In Our Town
We're Committed to NCWDOT - No Child Will Drown In Our Town Swim Clinic
Drowning is preventable. According to a study completed by the USA Swimming Foundation 64% of Black/African American children cannot swim and Black children are five and a half times more likely to drown than other racial groups. These daunting statistics were the driving force behind the Nile Swim Club establishing the No Child Will Drown In Our Town program. NCWDOT’s comprehensive swim lesson and water safety program focuses on safe swimming methods. During the 2021 swim season free classes and lessons were available to children residing within the boroughs that form the William Penn School District. With support from the USA Swimming Foundation and private donors the NSC achieved a major accomplishment and strategic goal bringing the gift of swimming to over 600 children. We look forward to continuing NCWDOT as a free program in the 2023 season and reaching even more children in our community.
During the 10-day swim program, NCWDOT takes an accelerated approach to swimming education by immediately immersing the children into a safe water experience. With 10-12 hours in the water and a 3:1 ratio, our goal is to endow each child with the tools to feel confident and to ultimately thrive in water. Based on the NCWDOT Swim Curriculum, our goal is to have all children complete the program on a Level 3 or above. The NCWDOT swim program is valued at $600 per child for 10-hours of swim lessons and a $200 value per child for 4 hours of water babies classes.
Each NCWDOT swim session
● Each clinic can accommodate up to 120 children
for ages ages 5-17
● Water Babies classes can accommodate up to
25 children ages 6 months-4years old.
Each participant in the swim clinic will receive:
● Outfitted with a swim cap and goggles.
● Provided a healthy light snack
● Pre- and post- program evaluation
and be provided recommendations for future swim lessons.
NCWDOT 2021 Impact
Served 645 participants, exceeding the goal by 345 youth.
● 98% of youth achieved water safety completion.
● 97% of youth felt advanced enough to jump off the diving board into 11ft.
NCWDOT 2019 Impact
● Served 300 youth, exceeding goal by 225 youth.
● 100% of youth achieved water safety completion.
● 95% of youth felt advanced enough to jump off the diving board into 11ft.
*NCWDOT was on hiatus the Summer of 2020 due to COVID-19.*
Level 1: Catfish - Introduction to Water Skills: Students will learn how to feel comfortable in the water and safely enjoy it.
Level 2: Nile Perch - Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills: Children will learn basic swimming skills.
Level 3: Water Leopard, Stroke Development: Additional guided practice will help students improve their skills.
Level 4: Elephant - Snout Fish Stroke Improvement: Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills.
Level 5: Tigerfish Stroke Refinement: Guidance allows kids to refine their strokes and become more efficient swimmers. Swimming and Skill Proficiency: Students will learn to swim with ease and efficiency, and gain the ability to swim smoothly over greater distances. Swimmers will also have the option to participate in more advanced courses.
Registration begins May 1, 2024.