SAFETY AROUND WATER

WHAT IS IT?

The Safety Around Water program is a 5-week intensive program that teaches water safety skills to local third grade students. Students are brought to the YMCA West facility by school-provided transportation and supervision, and in some instances – the YMCA instructors go travel to the schools. The kids receive a 45-minute lesson in our aquatic facility on the 5 crucial skills needed to stay safe around water. The YMCA is committed to reducing drowning in the Northern Michigan region through this program, along with the hundreds of youth and adult swim lessons offered at multiple locations.

BENEFITS

Safety Around Water gives children confidence in and around water by teaching boating safety, beach safety, backyard pool and regular pool safety, and a day of celebrating to practice skills and show off what they learned.

2016 STATISTICS

Face in Water: being able to comfortably submerge their faces in water.
PRE: 43%

POST: 94%

Back Float: being able to float on their backs.
PRE: 22%
POST: 83%

Tread Water: being able to stay afloat while vertical using just your arms and legs.
PRE: 28%
POST: 76%

Swim 10 Feet: being able to swim 10 feet with or without assistance. This is vital as 60% of youth drownings happen within 10 feet of safety.
PRE: 29%
POST: 81%

Reach, Throw, Do Not Go: refers to knowing that if someone is in trouble in the water, you are to reach something out to them, throw something to them that will float, but never go in after them. This is the cause of many double drownings.
PRE: 33%
POST: 100%

COST OF THE PROGRAM

Because this program is a direct partnership between the YMCA and local schools, the entire cost of the program is funded by the YMCA.

It is a central program in our offerings and we’re strongly committed to making it a reality for hundreds of kids each year. If you’d like more information on how to help support our Safety Around the Water program by either donating or volunteering, contact our SPLASH program director, Chris, by clicking the button below. We’d love to have you get involved.

GIVING EVERY CHILD CONFIDENCE
IN AND AROUND WATER

Together, we can save lives.