With water everywhere in Florida, the Y knows that swimming is a life skill every child must learn to stay safe, secure and enjoy the water.
Safety Around Water is a 4-day introductory swim program for youth ages 4-12 years-old. 5,000 children will enjoy water safety education and character development lessons in a safe, structured environment.
YMCA Swim Academy instructors will instill a love of the water while helping kids and parents build safety skills and knowledge. The program is free, open to the public and will be offered at 20 Y locations across Central Florida.
Y SWIM SAFETY TIPS
Wear a life jacket
If you or a family member is a weak or non-swimmer, wear a life vest. It's nothing to be embarrassed about and many facilities provide them at no charge.
Look for lifeguards
It is always best to swim in an area supervised by lifeguards, but remember, Lifeguards are the last line of defense when all other layers of protection fail.
Watch out for the dangerous "toos"
Don't get too tired, too cold, too far from safety, exposed to too much sun or experience too much strenuous activity.
Note the weather
Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Apply sunscreen on all exposed skin to ensure maximum skin protection. Hats, visors and shirts are recommended to prevent overexposure.
Keep toddlers in shallow play areas
Zero-depth entry pools have water games, sprays and fountains with no appreciable water depth.
Follow age & height instructions
Restrictions apply to many rides in a waterpark. Size and coordination is critical to safety inside open water flumes.
Notice health restrictions
Guests with neck or back problems, heart conditions, prevalence toward motion sickness or pregnancy may not ride high-speed or rapid-descent rides.