Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your kids sidelined. You need to equip your children 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.

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. For more information on how the YMCA can partner with your group, contact Megan O’Connor.

Safety Around Water Starts at Home

Join us each week as we add a new safety topic that you and your kids can learn right at home!

SAW: Pool Rules

POOL RULES: Learn rules that you should follow at a public pool. Have fun practicing these rules by playing the Safety Around Water Pool Rules Game! Kids can take turns being the lifeguard and the swimmers. Learning begins at home, so when the kids are near the water, they know safety is first and foremost!

SAW: Reach, Throw, Don't Go!

REACH, THROW, DON’T GO! Why shouldn’t you jump in to help a friend who is struggling in deep water? How can you help them? Find out this and more in our Reach, Throw, Don’t Go! activity book

SAW: Life Jackets

LIFE JACKETS: When should life jackets be used? Anytime you are participating in water sports activities, or if you cannot pass a swim test.
Everyone, even strong swimmers, should wear a life jacket when participating in water sports, boating, or watercraft activities, such as riding jet skis, tubing, and
canoeing. Learn this and more in this week’s Safety Around Water Lesson.

SAW: Boating & Open Water

BOATING & OPEN WATER: What are some of the dangers of boating?
• Boaters can fall into the water if the boat capsizes or collides with other boats,
structures, or other objects.
• Drownings can occur when boaters do not wear life jackets.

Learn this and more in this week’s Safety Around Water Lesson.

Safe Sport Activity Book

Start talking to your kids about being safe around water, and they will be more prepared! Download our Safe Sport Activity Booklet for some games that you can have your kids play, and some information that you can share to keep your children safe!

Click for a fun coloring page!

Do you have questions about Water Safety? We’re here to help! Contact Meg O’Connor, Aquatics Director.