Staying Safe During National Drowning Prevention Month
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. Unfortunately, in the state of Florida, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under age 4. Learning to stay safe around water may begin at your local YMCA, but it shouldn’t end there. That’s why engaging and educating families is an essential part of drowning prevention.
2021 Safety Around Water Initiative
Our Safety Around Water initiative for 2021 provides free swim lessons to kids ages 3–12 years old whose families are recipients of Y scholarships. Contact our Aquatics program team if you’re interested in finding lessons at a Y near you.
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!
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 Videos
Designate a Water Watcher
Remain at a Safe Distance
Look Before You Leap
Your child’s safety is our priority. Find out more about our commitment to keeping kids safe.
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