Safety Around Water

We can’t wait to get the green light to welcome you back! In the meantime, we want to do all we can to keep you safe around water this summer!

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk. With a hot summer upon us, many people are investing in pools for their homes.

Before letting your children hit the water this summer, remember these few tips to ensure it’s an enjoyable and safe experience.

Never swim alone.

Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty.

Supervise your children whenever they’re in water.

Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach of you at all time.

Don’t engage in breath holding activities.

Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.

Wear a Life Jacket.

Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water.

If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them, pulling them underwater with them. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique children can help their friend without compromising their own safety.