At the Y, kids learn how to be safe and confident in the water, building lifesaving skills in a positive, fun manner. In pursuit of that goal, our aquatics team offers a few do's and don'ts to make sure everyone has a great pool experience!
Do respect and appreciate your lifeguards. At the YMCA we take aquatics safety very seriously; we are the number one provider of Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications in central Iowa.
Don’t run or push on the pool decks and around the pools.
Do keep a watchful eye on little ones and don't leave them alone — things happen quickly in the pool. A report shows that 88% of child drowning victims were under the supervision of another person, usually a family member.
Don’t dive in shallow water. Watch the signs posted and on the pool’s edges.
Do your part to make sure a visit to the pool is enjoyable for everyone as we are a community space open to all ages and abilities.
Don’t go in past your shoulders until you are a proficient swimmer.
Do respect all facilities and equipment. This includes not smacking noodles and kickboards on the water, which is dangerously distracting to the lifeguards.
Do take advantage of YMCA swim lessons to make sure your kids are prepared to be around water this summer.