Anaheim YMCA urges swim and water safety to kids and families this summer

As school winds down and summer begins, pools and beaches become an escape from Anaheim Heat. Sadly, dozens of children and adults in our area will fall victim to drowning, the nation’s leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1-4 and second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–14. Following basic swim safety guidelines can prevent these tragedies from occurring.

“The health, safety and development of Anaheim youth and families are the Anaheim Family YMCA’s main priorities. We look forward to offering a community resource to learn necessary water safety skills for a fun and worry-free summer,” said Paul Andresen, CEO of the Anaheim Family YMCA.

To help ensure the safety of children this summer, The Anaheim Family YMCA is offering a series of basic swimming and water safety lessons June 20-September 9. The program teaches various levels classes to ages 6 months-Adult. These programs are designed to help youth and adults of all experience levels feel safe and comfortable in and around the water. Visit our swim page for a full listing of swim classes.

YMCA Swim sessions will take place at Loara High School, Kennedy High School, Pearson Park, Canyon High School. To register, visit our swim page or visit our YMCA Administrative office at 240 S. Euclid St., Anaheim, CA 92802.

For the last 120 years, the YMCA has been recognized as the nation’s leading swim instructor teaching safety, confidence fitness and fun in water. The YMCA offers the following tips to help keep children and families safe and injury-free in the water this summer:

- Learn to swim. The best thing you can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim—it’s never too late.

- Only swim where there is lifeguard on duty.

- Never swim alone.

- Read and follow all rules and signs.

- Constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”

- Keep children who cannot swim within arm’s reach of an adult in the water.

- Children and inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water.

- Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.

- Enter water feet first unless in a designated diving area.

- Create layers of protection between the water and your children: Proper fencing and gates around pools, sturdy pool coverings, install alarms on doors and windows that lead to the pool and have rescue equipment mounted by the pool.
- Be ready for an emergency; have the proper water rescue devices, a first-aid preparedness kit and be able to perform CPR.

-Never try to go into the water to save someone. Use something that you can reach the victim with like a noodle, pool buoy, pole, etc.

Additional drowning facts from YMCA Water Wise:

How much time does it take to drown? In the time it takes to…

Cross a room for a towel (10 sec), a child in a bathtub can be submerged.

Answer the phone (2 min), a child can lose consciousness.

Sign for a package at the front door (4-6 min), a child submerged in a tub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage.


How much water does it take to drown?

-Inches of water in a bathtub.

-A bucket of water.

-Standing water on top of a pool or spa cover.

-Any amount of water that covers the mouth & nose.

Do people always yell for help when drowning?

-Most children do not yell for help.

-Non-swimmers or exhausted swimmers are unable to call for help.

-Drowning victims may be struggling under the water.