KEEPING KIDS SAFE IN AND AROUND WATER
Drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 14, claiming the lives of three children every day. At the Y, we believe a child’s safety in and around water should never be left to chance. Taking part in formal water safety classes reduces the risk of drowning among children and provides both education and awareness.
Research finds two primary factors for children not learning to swim: the parent’s ability and attitude toward swimming and the socio-economic conditions of the child’s community. Safety Around Water is the Y’s on-site water safety program that engages low-income youth living in local apartment communities where pools are often without lifeguards.
The 8-session Safety Around Water course, taught by certified YMCA swim instructors and lifeguards, teaches children basic water safety and swimming skills that reduce their risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Since the program launched in 2015, it has grown from serving 300 children at six local apartment communities to engaging 1,400 children across 28 apartment communities during summer 2017.
Read the 2019 Safety Around Water Impact Report