Safety Around the Water


71% of the World is Water. Children Are 100% Curious.

Knowing how to swim is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s free Safety Around Water swim program can help you make sure your children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

  • 4-week swim program
  • 30-minute class, once per week
  • Ages 3-5 years, 6-9 years and 10-12 years
  • Free program for non-swimmers who have not participated in any Y swimming programs

WHAT IS SAFETY AROUND WATER?

This free 4-week water safety course (every Friday in May), taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety
  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

Each swim lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips for kids.

HELP KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

ENROLL IN A YMCA SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM TODAY!

Safety Around Water is free to participants. It is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE AQUATICS DIRECTOR AT YOUR BRANCH:

Bridgewater YMCA: Megan Mansfield

Hillsborough YMCA: Lisa Pasigna

Somerset Hills YMCA: Duke Munzer

Somerville YMCA: Christina Huang