Summertime is on the way, meaning pool and beach time for many children and adults. In recognition of National Water Safety Month, the Y reminds parents and swimmers to practice safety in and around the water.
As part of its commitment to strengthening the community through youth development and healthy living, the Y offers a variety of swim programs that teach water safety skills and give children and adults the chance to explore the many health benefits of swimming.
The New Canaan YMCA recommends children and adults practice the following safety tips when in and around the water:
- Never swim alone; always swim with a buddy, in a designated swimming area, and with a lifeguard present.
- Designate a “safety seat” or safe place in pool area where children can sit until they are allowed in the water. Teach young children that they must be invited into the water by an adult.
- Parents or guardians of young children should be within arm’s reach while children are in the water.
- Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.
- Adults should actively watch their children while they are in the water, at the beach, and on the pool deck.
- Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near a pool.
- Install 4ft or taller fence around pool and spa areas with self-latching gates. If house serves as side of fence, install an alarm to door that enters to pool area. NEVER prop the gate to a pool area open.
- Always have a cellphone with emergency numbers in your contacts when at the pool.
- Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
- Never drink and swim. Alcohol and water do not mix.
In addition to the above tips, Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations at the New Canaan YMCA, commented, “As we emerge from the pandemic and kick off the warmer months, we are all eager to get back in the water. An increase in water-related activities means the risk of drowning will increase for everyone. For National Water Safety Month this May, the New Canaan YMCA is encouraging all parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety with the whole family.”
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the New Canaan YMCA has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety in the New Canaan community for over 50 years. Busse added, “Now is the best opportunity to explore swim lessons. According to the CDC, roughly one in five drowning victims are children under the age of 15. I encourage parents and caregivers to explore our swim lesson programs for their children and themselves; learning to swim begins at any age! Additionally, lifesaving courses are a great way to strengthen your ability to help someone in need.”
Registration for the summer session begins Tuesday, June 1. The New Canaan YMCA offers a variety of swim classes to accommodate any schedule. To learn more about the New Canaan YMCA’s swim programs, contact Matt Busse at 203-966-4528, ext. 143 or firstname.lastname@example.org.