Safety Around Water Program
The Ozarks Regional YMCA announced the launch of Safety Around Water, a program to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America’s youth access to water safety lessons. 300 scholarships for swim and water safety lessons were awarded to high risk children within our communities of the Ozarks Regional YMCA. Through Safety Around Water, parents and caregivers were encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the eight-day course, children learned how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations -- from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water. In many under-served communities, staying safe around water means keeping kids away from water, but water safety and swimming are important life skills in the growth and development of all children. All children deserve access to water safety resources that not only could save their lives, but enrich them with an outlet for fun and healthy activity. The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909. Now, each year in 2,200 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills. Through Safety Around Water, the Y hopes to fill gaps that can prevent some children from learning important water safety skills. The Safety around water program served 96 children at the Bolivar YMCA and another 200 in the Springfield community though Springfield Public Schools, The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and TLC Properties.