Safety Around Water Week May 20–24

At the YMCA of Central Florida, we know that swimming is a life skill every child must learn to stay safe and have fun in the water! We believe that water safety skills are a necessity—not a privilege. We’re committed to helping keep kids safe in and around water.

Safety Around Water is a free, 4-day introductory swim program for kids. YMCA Swim Academy instructors will instill a love of the water while helping kids and parents build safety skills and knowledge!

Free Drowning Prevention Lessons

We’re committed to helping keep kids safe in and around water by providing free drowning prevention lessons across multiple counties at select YMCA family centers during Safety Around Water Week.

Lesson Details

Age

4–12 years

Lesson Dates

Registration is ongoing

Lesson Locations

Blanchard Park YMCA, Frank DeLuca YMCA, Golden Triangle YMCA, J. Douglas Williams YMCA, Lake Nona YMCA, Osceola County YMCA, South Orlando YMCA, Tangelo Park YMCA, Wayne Densch YMCA







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Safety Around Water
Tips

Childhood drowning is preventable. Here are a few water safety tips from our YMCA Aquatics team to help keep your family safe in and around water!

1 Learn to Swim

Swim lessons save lives. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. This includes both children and adults.

2 Never Leave Children Unattended

Parents are the first line of defense in keeping kids safe in the water. Never leave children unattended near water, not even for a minute.

3 Never Swim Alone

Teach your children to always swim with a buddy if you’re not in the water with them.

4 Read All Posted Signs

Follow posted safety rules and warnings. Don’t swim in unsupervised places.

5 Spit it Out

Teach kids not to drink the pool water. To prevent choking, never chew gum or eat while swimming, diving. or playing in water.

6 Check Water Depth

The American Red Cross recommends 9 feet as a minimum depth for diving or jumping.

Practice Good Hygiene

Use plastic swim diapers for infants and young children. Many public pools require them. Note where changing areas are located and use these designated, sanitized changing spots.

Avoid Water Wings

Don’t use air-filled swimming aids like water wings in place of life jackets or life preservers. Using air-filled swimming aids can give parents and children a false sense of security, which may increase the risk of drowning. These air-filled aids are toys and aren’t designed to be personal flotation devices as they can deflate if they become punctured or unplugged.

Water Safety Tips & Assets

Designate a Water Watcher

Remain at a Safe Distance

Post-swimming Reminders

Look Before You Leap

Our YMCA Aquatics team has put together dry-land home activities—no pool required! These home activities help to develop good form and build stamina. When the skill has been mastered on land, it becomes easier to perform in the water.

Front GlideFront CrawlSwim on FrontBack GlideBack Float
DiveSubmergeSidestrokeFlip TurnButterfly

Our Commitment

Your child’s safety is our priority. Find out more about our commitment to keeping kids safe.

Get in Touch

Do you have a question about Safety Around Water Week? Let us know!

Aquatic Camps

Offerings include Fishing, Wacky Water Sports, Endurance Sports and Games, and more!