Keep Kids Safe in the Water

As you venture into your favorite water activities, the Anaheim Family YMCA reminds everyone why it’s important to learn how to swim and practice safety when in or around the water.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to learn how to swim,” said Ann Trovada, Program Director for the Anaheim Family YMCA. “Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1-14. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day. It’s never too late to learn. The Y is here to help.”

For over 100 years, the Anaheim Family YMCA has been a leader in providing swim lessons and an expert in water safety. The following safety tips are highly recommended for children and adults to practice whenever they are around water.

YMCA Swim Safety Tips

Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty or adult supervision; never swim alone.

Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. Avoid distractions such as cell phones, tablets and books. Keep your full focus on your children.

Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Other floating devices like tubes, paddle boards and arm floaties are not always reliable.

Parents or guardians of younger children should be within an arm’s reach when swimming with them.

Children should not engage in breath holding activities, excessive splashing towards others or games that promote rough physical contact like wrestling.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, swimmers at the Y can learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop a positive mental attitude. Swimming is also a great way to help more children be physically active.

There are a variety of classes and activities to choose from during the swim summer season, including public swim, family swim, adult swim, parent and me classes, group classes, family night out events and private swim lessons.

To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available for qualifying families.

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