How Important is Learning to Swim?
If asked, most parents can immediately rattle off a list of basic life skills they instinctively know their children must learn to be safe and healthy. These lists usually include habits like looking both ways before crossing a street, washing hands with soap and water (timed by singing the “Happy Birthday” song) and eating the correct daily serving of fruit and vegetables.
But for too many parents, safety around water is not on the list; and that’s something we need to address.
The Y is committed to making swimming part of the list of basic life skills and reducing water-related injuries, particularly in communities where children are most at risk through the Safety Around Water program. Visit our Swim lessons page on this website to learn more»
Four Tips that will Save Kids’ Lives This Summer
With increased access to beaches, lakes and pools, summer fun can quickly turn to danger for kids across the country. Ensuring that kids have the #BestSummerEver means ensuring safety first. Swim lessons help young children gain self-rescue skills, but adult supervision is always necessary when it come to water safety.
Four tips that will save kids’ lives this summer:
- Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Never leave a child unattended in a bathtub.
- Empty kiddie pools immediately after use.
- When visiting a new home, check the premises for potential water hazards.