By Alex Abplanalp
This summer, the Y will offer Safety Around Water, a free program designed to provide more of America’s youth access to swim and water safety lessons, as well as educate parents about the importance of water safety skills. Families do not have to be members or join to participate.
Fatal drowning is a concern for all children – it’s the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old.
This free program will be open to community for the following dates/locations:
- July 25, 26, 27, and 28 from 4-6pm at Lakewood Family YMCA (Lakewood, WA)
- July 25-28 from 5-7pm at Gordon Family YMCA (Puyallup, WA)
During the eight-day course, children will learn 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. Parents and caregivers will help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills.
“Growing up with a father that was afraid of the water, I never had many opportunities to be comfortable in the water,” said Charlie Davis, CEO and President of YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. “Twice early in my life, I found myself in a body of water, and had it not been for someone else, I probably would not have been able to save myself. As a result, I grew up with a deep fear of the water. Years later, I learned to swim at the YMCA, and I was able to pass that on to my daughter. Water safety and swimming are important life skills that we, as a community, are responsible for fostering for all children. We owe this to our children.”
Through Safety Around Water, the Y hopes to further bridge cultural and access gaps that can prevent some children from learning important water safety skills.
Families interested in learning more about Safety Around Water and how to enroll their child in local Y swimming and water safety classes should visit www.ymcapkc.org/safety-around-water.
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The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is Washington’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We provide $5.6 million in financial assistance and program subsidy annually, enabling more than 50,000 people in need to access YMCA programs. The Y has been enriching Pierce and Kitsap communities for 130 years.Print This Post