Water Safety

Water Safety is extremely important for families. Read more below about our upcoming Safety Around Water Session and other resources and activities for parents and children!

Facts about water safety:

60% of youth drowning incidents occur within10 feet of safety

2 children die each day as a result of drowning

88% of children who drown were under some form of supervision

Be safe in and around the water!

2024 Safety Around Water Program - New Information coming in Spring 2024

The YMCA Safety Around Water program is a water safety swimming program to teach kids and their families water safety skills to prevent drowning. Our program helps youth overcome fears they might have and gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. A portion of the Safetly Around Water program is subsidized through the 2024 USA Swimming Foundation Youth Learn to Swim Grant this we were awarded. This helps us make the program available for a nominal fee to assist more youth in having the opportunity to participate in swim lessons to reduce their chance of drowning.

Ages: Children ages 5 - 14 years 

Program activities are for non-swimmers and Beginners only



American Red Cross - Water Safety Training for Parents and Caregivers 
This is a free online training provided by the American Red Cross. The Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers Online Course focuses on developing an awareness of the risks of drowning and how to minimize those risks, especially for young children. This online course teaches parents and caregivers about the concepts of the circle of drowning prevention, water competency, and the chain of drowning survival. It also provides guidance for applying water safety to common environments and situations where children are most at risk for drowning.

Begin the training here: https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/water-safety-for-parents-and-caregivers/a6R3o0000012oT8.html

Water Safety for New Parents
Click here to download Water Saftey Information for New Parents - English

Click here to download Water Saftey Information for New Parents - Spanish

Click the links below to learn more about Water Safety. 

Water Safety with Fire Fighter Jules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6_5gAIgzgE

Watch our Saftey Around Water Playlist on YouTube

Rip currents account for more than 80% of rescues by bech lifeguards. They are a danger to everyone, even the strongest swimmers. Please check out the following resources on how to best stay safe if caught in a rip current.

Rip Current Safety for Kids

Download this free Rip Current Safety Brochure

How to Escape a Rip Current

Activities for Children

Splash Activity Book
Click here to download a great activity book for children - English

Click here to download a great activity book for children - Spanish

Coloring Book
Click here to download a water safety coloring book

Follow CDC’s steps for healthy swimming to protect yourself and those you care about from illness at the pool and beach this summer.

  • Pee in the toilet, not in the pool! When pee and chlorine mix in the pool, there is less chlorine available to kill germs.
  • #DYK that chlorine doesn’t kill germs in pools right away? While it kills most germs within minutes, some germs can live in a properly chlorinated pool for days! Protect yourself. Don’t swallow water you swim or play in.
  • Sweat and dirt on your body can use up chlorine needed to kill germs in the pool. Showering before you get in the pool keeps chlorine levels up to keep you and those you care about healthy! 
  • Going for a swim with kids? Take a break every hour to use the bathroom or check diapers. Change diapers away from the water to keep germs from getting in. 

For more Healthy & Safe Swim Information click here to visit the CDC's website.

Upcoming Events

Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2024
Five Days of Action
Apr 22, 2024
Spring II Session Begins

Spring II session of Group Exercise, Water Exercise and Swim Lessons begins April 22nd.

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Apr 26, 2024
Healthy Kids Day

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Apr 27, 2024
YMCA 3 Point Contest - Youth Sports Fundraiser

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