YMCA of Central Ohio

Staying Safe in the Water

By Elissa James
Executive Director of Risk Management & Aquatics

Summer is officially here, and we are excited to have our YMCA members and families swimming at our pools. We want to make sure everyone has a safe, fun summer at the Y, so here are a few tips to keep in mind as you pack up to head to the pool.

  1. Lifeguards
    Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty. Never swim alone.
  2. Supervision
    Adults should be poolside watching kids in the water at all times. Our lifeguards are on duty, but we need your help with keeping everyone safe at the Y. Never leave a child unattended around a pool, spa, bathtub or any body of water.
  3. Life jackets
    Inexperienced swimmers should swim only using a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device and be within arm's reach of an adult at all times. The life jackets will say "USCG approved" or a similar phrase inside the vest, so look for this marking every time you use a life jacket.
  4. Reach or Throw. Don't Go.
    If you see someone in danger, try to reach to them with an object or throw an item that floats, such as a life jacket. As a non-swimmer, do not enter the water to try and help.
  5. Follow the Rules
    Follow any posted rules at the pool. They are there to protect you from harm.
  6. Brush Up on Your Skills
    Learn lifesaving skills such a CPR for adults, children, and infants. You never know when it may be needed.
  7. It's Never Too Late for Swim Lessons
    Learning to swim has the potential to save your own life or the life of someone you love. The YMCA offers lessons for all ages. Click here for more information.


Elissa James

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