Y Swim Lessons & Water Safety
Posted in Summer Camps, Youth Sports, Family Fun
Make sure your whole family stays safe and has fun while you enjoy the water this summer. Enrolling your kids in swimming lessons, learning CPR and educating yourself about water safety are three excellent steps. We've compiled information and resources on swimming and water safety to make the process a little easier.
Here are some critical water safety tips for parents and care-givers courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention.
- When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use the Water Watcher card strategy, which designates an adult as the Water Watcher for a certain amount of time (such as 15-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision. Download a Water Watcher card here.
- Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner, every time. From the start, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present.
- We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. Local hospitals, fire departments and recreation departments offer CPR training. Find a CPR class here.
- Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
These activities are a fun way to teach water safety. Learn to identify water safety rules through game play and from illustrations depicting safe and unsafe scenarios. Also, build good water safety habits with Connect the Dots, Word Scramble and a Picture Search.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children and youth in Washington state. 85% of these drownings occur in open water, such as lakes and rivers. Seattle Children's Hospital has put together a great collection of information for water safety called, "Drowning Prevention and Water Safety for All Ages". Here's some of the information you'll find:
- Myths and Facts about Water Safety
- Tips for Children Ages 0-5 Years
- Life Jacket Fitting and Sales
- Drowning Prevention Tips for Children and Teens
- Swimming in Seattle Guide
- New Open Water Guidelines
Learn how to have fun and be safe –
Visit www.seattlechildrens.org/dp for many more water safety
tips and resources.
All About Swimming at the Y
There's a reason why the Y is referred to as America's Favorite Swim Instructor. In a Y class, you are not only taught, in a caring way, how to swim, but you also learn about yourself, about safety and rescue skills and about water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Click here to learn more about Swim Program Options, Swim Program Registration, How to Help Your Child Prepare and How to Know If They're Ready.
Sources and Additional Information
Seattle Childrens Hospital - http://www.seattlechildrens.org/dp
SafeKids - http://www.safekids.org/poolsafety
Danger Rangers - http://www.dangerrangers.com/kids_safety_topic.php
KidsHealth - http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/outdoor/water_safety.html and http://kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/swim.html
Pool Safely - http://www.poolsafely.gov/parents-families/