[Wednesday, May 1, 2019] – During National Water Safety Month, the Alexandria Area YMCA will offer free Safety Around Water programming to children ages eight and nine on Saturday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Safety Around Water is a free program designed to engage and educate children about the importance of water safety skills.
During the course, children 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.
“For generations staying safe around water meant keeping kids away from water, but today, it’s important for all kids and families to learn basic water safety skills,” said Jackie Peters, Executive Director, Alexandria Area YMCA. “Safety Around Water is a great starting point to teaching the importance of water safety awareness.”
Admittance to the Y will be free to kids and families on Saturday, May 25 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the Y’s first annual Safety Around Water community open swim & slide.
Through Safety Around Water, and YMCA Swim Lessons, the Y hopes to bridge the gaps that prevent children from learning important water safety and swimming skills. Safety Around Water and YMCA Swim Lessons can help reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a love of swimming and provide children access to water safety.
The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909. Now, each year in more than 2,000 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills. In Alexandria, the Y teaches over 700 children water safety and swimming skills each year through swimming lessons at the YMCA.
Registration for Safety Around Water is free, but required, so participation can be best prepared for. 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.alexandriaymca.com or call (320) 834-9622.
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.