LAKEWOOD – As summer fast approaches, the Lakewood Family YMCA plunges into the season with “April Pools Day” on Saturday, April 25 – a family event that celebrates swimming and helps kids stay safe and healthy at the beach, pool or water park this summer. April Pools Day is open to the entire community. Swimmers and non-swimmers alike, parents and children are invited to come to the event in their swimsuits – ready to jump in the water and learn.
Y instructors will demonstrate the lifelong pleasure to be found in safe, confident and joyful activity in and around the water, with a variety of activities and materials including:
- Sample swimming lessons
- Boating safety
- Lifejacket sizing and education
- Water safety
- Weather safety
- Water Safety coloring books
- Rescue skills
- Swim tests
“Swimming is the second most popular form of exercise in the United States, with nearly 370 million annual visits to swimming pools,” said Eric Kuhnau, Safety and Risk Manager for the YMCA of Tacoma-Pierce County. “YMCAs have traditionally been the places where young people learned not only swimming skills, but also the importance of playing safely in the water to prevent injury. That’s why April Pools Day is so important, because it teaches kids basic swimming skills and safety practices, so they can have fun in the water.”
WHERE: Lakewood Family YMCA, 9715 Lakewood Dr SW, 253-584-YMCA (9622)
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, Pool Open 2-4 p.m.
As the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization and among the country’s most trusted providers of aquatics programs, YMCAs offer the following helpful tips to help parents keep their children safe and injury-free in the water this summer:
- Actively supervise your children when they are both in and around the water.
- Teach children to swim at an early age and educate them early about water safety.
- Make sure children swim within designated areas and stay within your sight.
- Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool.
- Become certified in infant and child CPR.
- Make sure children always wear life jackets and use proper water safety devices.
- Ensure that kids drink plenty of fluids to stay properly hydrated, especially on hot days.
- Wear hats and sunglasses and apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself and your children from sun exposure.