Learn water safety at the Y this summer

May 15, 2013

The YMCA of Snohomish County would like to remind kids and adults about the importance of swim lessons, water safety and the health benefits of swimming.

Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children age 1 to 14. More than 1,500 children and teens die every year in the United States from drowning.

In Washington state, an average of 25 children and teens drown every year. Most of them are swimming, boating or just playing in or near water.

As we head into summer, the Y wants all kids to know how to be safe in and around the water. This is knowledge that they will use for the rest of their lives and it helps them feel proud and confident

SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatic Safety Habits) Week is taking place at all five YMCA of Snohomish County family branches. SPLASH Week is the opportunity for the community to take five safety instructional sessions for $10.

Sessions take place June 17-21 at the Everett and Mill Creek YMCAs and June 24-28 at the Marysville, Monroe and Mukilteo YMCAs. For more information and registration dates visit www.ymca-snoco.org/splash.

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it has many health benefits,” said Scott Washburn, CEO of the YMCA of Snohomish County.

“The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices. We encourage kids and adults to take swim lessons – it’s never too late to learn.”

The Y encourages kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority. The Y recommends the following safety tips for children and adults:

• Only swim when and where there is lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.

• Adults should 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.”

• Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on or around the water.

• Children who are beginners should stay within arm's reach of an adult in the water.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y works to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

This philosophy drives the Y’s commitment to help children and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming.

For more information please visit us online at ymca-snoco.org.

-Edited by Beacon staff



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