YMCA of Central Ohio

May is Water Safety Month

 

 

May is Water Safety Month and as the nation’s largest operator of swimming pools, the Y gives more than 1 million children a year the skills they need to be safe in and around water.

Drowning is a serious threat to the health and well-being of people across the U.S., particularly children and minorities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 4 to 14, and the rate of drowning for African-American children is nearly three times the rate for white children.

Teaching a child how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills children can learn.  Swim Lessons at the Y are designed to teach personal water safety, stroke development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth skills to children. 

Now is the time to make sure children are prepared to be safe around the water. Speak with our staff about helping children develop this important life skill. In addition, caregivers can ensure everyone stays safe around the water with these tips:
Never leave children unattended, and stay vigilant when around any body of water.
Designate a “Water Watcher” to supervise children around water. This person should not read, use a cellphone or be otherwise distracted.
Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water.
Children should stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.