Safety Around Water
May is Water Safety Month!
The World is 71% Water. Children are 100% curious.
Accidental drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 15. Our Safety Around Water program provides free swim instruction to children, in partnership with their school district or community group, which teaches life-saving skills and opens a world of possibilities for them to safely satisfy their curiosity.
Interested in bringing your school district, program or organization to the YMCA for a Safety Around Water program? Please contact the executive director at your preferred location.
Safety Around Water programming is offered at no cost to area districts and community organizations and is generously supported by area businesses and individuals.
Swimming is the only sport that can also save your life. Olympian Elizabeth Beisel shares her love for the water along with the importance of water safety.
Read these simple tips for helping your family stay safe in and around water.
Participating in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88% and at the YMCA, the goal is to ensure that everyone has access to quality swimming instruction.
The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools, which has allowed us to teach more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year.
Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S. — especially in underserved communities.