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.