Safety Around Water

71% of the World is Water

Children Are 100% Curious

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

WHAT IS SAFETY AROUND WATER?

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.

Safety Around Water is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water. Contact saw@gastonymca.org for more information.

How is Safety Around Water Impacting Gaston County? 

Since the program launched in 2017, it has served more than 400 children across Gaston County. But we have so many more families in need.

Thank you to our 2021 pool partners:

  • City of Gastonia: Lineberger Pool
  • City of Gastonia: Erwin Center Pool
  • Gaston County Schools Camp Gaston
  • Cramerton Community Pool

 

 


BECOME A SAFETY AROUND WATER SPONSOR AND START SAVING LIVES

For more information on how you can get involved with this life saving program, email us at SAW@GastonYMCA.org

Help prevent youth drowning by making a donation

Unfortunately, many kids don’t have basic swimming skills, and many times children are left unsupervised in apartment complexes around swimming pools. As the program continues to grow, we are determined to reach children at greatest risk and prevent youth drowning in our community.


VOLUNTEER

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 and in the lives of kids like Giovanni.

 

IN THE PRESS

Check out what your community is saying about the Safety Around Water Program.