Teaching Water Safety

At the Y, we have the responsibility as one of the nationwide authorities on water safety to educate children on basic skills that can save their lives and the lives of their friends. Following three successful years in Bolivar, we have expanded our Safety Around Water program to our Dallas County and Cassville YMCAs.

In Safety Around Water, kids learned what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.

  • Children learn fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go; CPR and what to look for in a safe place to swim.

  • Jump/Push/Turn/Grab teaches a child to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back up to the surface while turning to grab the side of the pool.

  • Swim/Float/Swim teaches children to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.

Before letting your children hit the water this summer, remember these few tips to ensure it’s an enjoyable and safe experience.

  1. Never swim alone. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty.

  2. Supervise your children whenever they’re in water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.

  3. Don’t engage in breath holding activities. Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.

  4. Wear a life jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

  5. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water.

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