We’re taking a seven-day stand against drowning in our community.
71% of the World is Water. Children Are 100% Curious
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 30 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
Take the Pledge – Join us at a AMA YMCA Branch
When: May 20-27
Where: All AMA YMCA Branches
Become a Y Water Watcher
To help prevent these tragedies, the AMA YMCA is launching the #WaterWatcher campaign this May during National Water Safety Month.
To become a Water Watcher, you can visit any of our AMA YMCA locations during May 20-27:
1. Read the pledge
2. Sign our pledge board and
3. Wear your free Water Watcher badge
As a Water Watcher, you’re making a commitment to be an active and engaged observer when children are around any body of water, including lakes, creeks, pools or even a backyard hot tub.
The Water Watcher Pledge
I agree to:
- Always make sure an adult actively watches children around water
- Make sure an adult stays within arm’s reach of young children in water
- Swim near a lifeguard
- Reach or throw, not go, to help a swimmer in trouble
- Consider enrolling children in swim lessons to help them stay safe around water
Help us spread the word.
- If you took the pledge at the Y, take a photo with your Water Watcher badge and then share it on your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds using the hashtag #WaterSafetyWeek, #WaterWatcher and link back to this page to encourage others to do the same. Be sure to tag us (@AMAYMCA).
- If you’re ready to take the pledge right now, right click and save the “I am a Water Watcher” graphic below and then share it on your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds using the hashtag #WaterSafetyWeek, #WaterWatcher and link back to this page to encourage others to do the same. Be sure to tag us (@AMAYMCA).
Want to ensure your children know how to be safe around water? Sign them up for the YMCA’s swim lessons this summer.
The Water Smart Pledge
I agree to:
- Never to swim alone
- Only swim when an adult or lifeguard is supervising the water
- Stay away from pools drains
- Have fun, but always make safe decisions when I am in and around the water
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