Swimming Safely

31 May 2016

With summer upon us and our outdoor pools open, the Y wants to keep you and your family safe as you swim and play in the water. The World Health Organization reports that accidental drowning is a leading cause of death among children ages one to four, and especially high among at-risk populations. Formal swimming lessons can reduce a child’s drowning risk by as much as 88%, according to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Y is committed to ensuring people of all ages learn life-saving water safety skills, teaching over 16,000 swim lessons each year. Through swim lessons, children gain new skills, build confidence, and develop strong peer relationships that help them learn, grow, and thrive in and out of the water. The Y’s SPLASH program, supported primarily through donations, provides swim lessons at no cost to underserved communities most at-risk for accidental drowning. When you give to the Y, you help make swim lessons, SPLASH, and other aquatic programs possible, keeping our children and our community safe.

Learn more about how your gift to the Y can save a life, or register for swim lessons, all summer long!