May is Water Safety Month
Make Sure Your Child is Safe In and Out of the Water
May is Water Safety Month and as the nation’s largest operator of swimming pools, the Y gives
more than 1 million children a year the skills they need to be safe in and around water.
Drowning is a serious threat to the health and well-being of people across the U.S., particularly
children and minorities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning
is the second leading cause of death for children ages 4 to 14, and the rate of drowning for
African-American children is nearly three times the rate for white children.
Teaching a child how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills
children can learn. Swim Lessons at the Y are designed to teach personal water safety, stroke
development, water sports and games, rescue and personal growth skills to children.
With pool season right around the corner, now is the time to make sure children are prepared
to be safe around the water. Speak with our staff about helping children develop this important
life skill. In addition, caregivers can ensure everyone stays safe around the water with these
- Never leave children unattended, and stay vigilant when around any body of water.
- Designate a “Water Watcher” to supervise children around water. This person should not read, use a cellphone or be otherwise distracted.
- Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water.
- Children should stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.