Safety Around Water – A Gaston County & YMCA Initiative

YMCA increases availability of water safety and swim lessons in under-served communities

The Gaston County Family YMCA is excited to partner with community pools to offer Safety Around Water, a program designed to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America’s youth access to water safety lessons. As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Gaston County YMCAs will provide support for swim instruction and water safety to children from under-served communities in our area.

Limited spots in the water safety program are still available. Participation is first come, first served. Volunteers are needed to help make this important program run. Please apply to be a volunteer today!


Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.


This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety
  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.


Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.


We need your help to make this initiative a success! Learn More about our volunteer process and how you can make a difference in your community. Volunteer for Safety Around Water today and help make a difference in the lives of kids like Giovanni.

Click here to see the local impact: “Safety Around Water – A Community Partnership.”



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