Children learn quickly when they’re young, and swimming is not exception. Throughout the summer, parents will bring their youngsters to the Pittsburg Y to train them to swim.

Children learn quickly when they’re young, and swimming is not exception. Throughout the summer, parents will bring their youngsters to the Pittsburg Y to train them to swim.


On Wednesday, a group of children ranging in age from 6 months to 3 years took to the Y pool with their parents to do just that.


The goal of the 45-minute sessions is to familiarize the kids with water and possibly learn a few basic swimming strokes, said instructor Louise McFarland, who began teaching the course a year and a half ago. Some of the young swimmers fair better than others, she said.


“It depends on the kid,” McFarland said. “Some are absolutely terrified, and some swim like a fish and just take off.”


McFarland said in some cases the parents are more nervous than their children.


“Sometimes the parents aren’t ready to let their kids do some things,” she said. “If there are some I feel will be like that, I’ll talk to them and help them prepare.”


The two-week courses began on Monday, and Christina and Matt Hess were two of the parents who decided it was time for their child to learn to swim. They brought their 20-month-old daughter, Jocelyn, Wednesday afternoon.


“We’re going on vacation to the beach this summer and we wanted her to be familiar with the water,” Christina said. “She does OK as long as I’m the one holding her.”


Hess said she has been impressed with the classes so far.


“I think it’s been good,” she said. “She was at home earlier lying down and she said she was swimming. She was doing everything she’s been doing at the lessons, like floating and kicking.”


Lena Shires brought her 3-year-old daughter, Savannah, to Wednesday’s lessons. She said her sister, Martha Smalley, signed them up along with her own son, Evan Calvert.


“I like the lessons,” Shires said as Savannah splashed and giggled next to her. “Pittsburg is awesome because of all the stuff there is to do here for families, like this.”