Safety Around Water

71% of the World is Water
Children are 100% Curious

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water  
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as:
    • General water safety, rules and local issues
    • Reach or throw, don’t go
    • Calling 911
    • CPR
    • Backyard pool safety
    • Pool drain safety
    • Life jacket safety
    • Boating safety
  • Each lesson also includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.