PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Valley of the Sun YMCA is trying to cut down on accidental drownings by offering free swim lessons to 1,000 people later this month.

"One life lost is too many; our hearts break every time we hear of another one," said Melissa Sutton, from the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona. "Swim lessons give them a chance to save themselves before help arrives."

Over the last three years in Maricopa and Pinal counties alone, 51 children under the age of 12 died in a water-related incident. Swim classes can reduce the chance of drowning by 88 percent.

"There's no reason everyone in our county shouldn't know how to swim. There's no reason shouldn't feel comfortable around the water." said Bryan Madden, the President & CEO - Valley of the Sun YMCA

Registration is first come, first serve. For registration  information and to find a branch near you, CLICK HERE.

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