Learn water safety at the Y this summer

Jun 04, 2014

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.

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

Sessions take place June 23-27 at the Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe and Mukilteo YMCA family branches. For more information and to register, 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.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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