Learn water safety at the Y this summer

May 23, 2012

As we head into summer, the Mukilteo Family YMCA would like to remind kids and adults about the importance of swim lessons, water safety and the health benefits of swimming.

The YMCA invites the community to come swim at the Y this summer. At the Y, there are a variety of programs that help swimmers learn water safety skills, develop confidence in and around the water, and enjoy the benefits of water exercise.

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

SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatic Safety Habits) Week is taking place June 25-29. For more information, visit www.ymca-snoco.org/splash.

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.

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