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FREE Safety Around Water Program

by YMCA YMCA Marketing | Apr 13, 2017
Our FREE Safety Around Water program is available for children ages four-12. 
Please click here for our online registration: 
Click "Enroll" and search for "safety around water" for available times and locations. 

Additional Information: 
During National Water Safety Month the YMCA of the Capital Area offers Safety Around Water, a free program designed to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America's youth access to water safety lessons. The program focuses on reaching under-served communities with a special emphasis on African American and Hispanic communities, where risk of drowning among children is highest. 

According to data from the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children. While fatal drowning is a concern for all children- it's the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old- African American children ages five to 14 are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts.

Through Safety Around Water, parents and caregivers are encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the eight-day course, children will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations -- from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.   

“In many under-served communities, staying safe around water means keeping kids away from water, but water safety and swimming are important life skills that need fostering in all children,” said Kristen Hogan, Marketing Director, YMCA of the Capital Area. “Safety Around Water is a great starting point to not only get kids comfortable in the water, but also teach their parents the importance of developing water safety skills.” 

Families interested in learning more about Safety Around Water and how to enroll their child in local Y swimming and water safety classes should visit http://ymcabr.org/Aquatics. The program is available for children ages four-12. Enroll soon, space is limited!