DROWNING IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH
FOR CHILDREN UNDER AGE 4.
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.
What Is Safety Around Water?
Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.
A typical session includes:
- Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
- Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
- Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
- Fun activities that reinforce skills
Many times children are left unsupervised in apartment complexes around swimming pools, and research shows that there is a high population of immigrant families in the Arlington-Mansfield area living in these complexes with children who do not know how to swim. Using apartment community pools, our staff actively engage and teach children from area complexes to swim.
Help Keep Your Children Safe
Did You Know…
In Texas drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children.
Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.
How the Y Helps Keep Kids Safe in and Around Water
Two Programs, Three Goals: Have Fun, Be Confident, Stay Safe. Download this infographic.
For more information about our Safety Around Water program, please contact:
Curtis Van Geem, Aquatics Coordinator, Cooper Street YMCA
Email Curtis or Call 817.419.9629 ext. 4601