YMCA of AUSTIN, MN

(507) 433-1804

Safety Around Water

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?

This 8-day course is incorporated in our swim lessons. Taught by a certified instructor, Safety Around Water teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

– Exercises to help children adjust to being in water.

– Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water.

– An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety.

– A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water.

Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.

 

HELP KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE.

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.

ENROLL IN A YMCA SWIM LESSON PROGRAM TODAY!

Safety Around Water is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water. The program is included in our swim lessons and is available to participants for a small fee. During the summer, we are offering swim scholarships for children who receive free or reduced lunches at school.

Talk to Tracey Christiansen, Aquatics Director, about swim lessons and scholarships at 507-433-1804 or tchristiansen@ymca-austin.org.