We’re taking a seven-day stand against drowning in our community.
71% of the World is Water. Children Are 100% Curious
Following a year of social distancing and extra handwashing, we know kids (and caregivers!) are anxious to get back to the pool this summer, but the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. For National Water Safety Month this May, the AMAYMCA is encouraging parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety skills with the whole family. Amaymca.org #WaterSafetyMonth
We believe that 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.
As temperatures rise, kids want to cool off, whether that is in home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans. And that means the risk of drowning is as prevalent as ever. With National Water Safety Month in May, now is the time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of equipping their kids with essential water safety skills.
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 24th – May 31st
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 24th – May 31st:
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
Skills That Saves Lives Campaign