Safety Around Water

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.

For children ages 1–14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes.

36% of U.S. LatinX/Hispanic parents, a much higher percentage compared to other parents, state that water safety isn’t a priority due to affordability concerns.

Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years by 88%.


The Skagit Y will be offering the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program in Spring 2023.

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 pool rules and boating safety

  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

This program will be offered at a free or reduced price for families. More info coming soon!

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