May 09, 2014
by Emilio Alvarez
This May, the Y is recognizing National Water Safety Month and National Drowning Prevention Month, empowering swimmers to practice safety when in or around the water. As part of the Y’s commitment to strengthening community through youth development and healthy living, The YMCA of San Diego County 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.
“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” said Jojo Pope, Director of Association Aquatics, YMCA of San Diego County. “The Y encourages all children and adults to learn how to swim. It’s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day.”
The YMCA of San Diego County encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
- Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
- Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
- Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
Swimmers at the Y enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends, and develop confidence and a positive mental attitude, all while learning lifesaving water safety skills. In addition, swimming is a great way to help more children be physically active.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the YMCA of San Diego County has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 132 years. There are a variety of programs to choose, including family swim, competitive swimming and lessons for all ages. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.The YMCA of San Diego County has 27 pools around the county and hundreds of programs to keep you and your family water safe. To find your local Y go to http://www.ymca.org/branchfinder.html or call 858-292-9622.