Water Safety Month
The World is 71% Water. Children are 100% curious.
Accidental drowning is a leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.
Three children die every day as a result of drowning according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). May is National Water Safety Month and the YMCA of Philadelphia, YMCA of Delaware, YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, North Penn YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Brandywine want to ensure that every area resident has access to quality and affordable water safety resources and instruction.
“Drowning is one of the leading preventable causes of death for children under 14 years old and the leading cause for children ages 1 – 4,” shares Katie Doochack, director of aquatic safety at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine. “Children are naturally curious, and the world is filled with water. It is so important that parents have conversations with their children about water safety and follow several basic water safety tips for how to stay safe around water.”
Water does not discriminate – even Olympic swim meets have lifeguards – and it is important to remember that even competent swimmers should follow basic water safety practices.
Throughout the year, and specifically in May which is National Water Safety Month, the YMCA is committed to teaching children - and their parents - the importance of learning how to swim, starting with basic water safety skills.
Safety Around Water programming is offered at no cost to area districts and community organizations and is generously supported by area businesses and individuals.
Parents should have a conversation with their children about safety around water - even for children who are confident swimmers. Water does not discriminate - even Olympic swim meets have lifeguards.
Participating in formal swimming lessons can help 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.
Learn more about the YMCAs commitment to water safety nationally.
The Y introduced the country to group swim lessons over 110 years ago in 1909. Now, as one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, we teach more than a million children, especially those most at-risk of drowning, invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year.