Whether on the beach or in the pool, being around water is an important part of summer fun. Keep these guidelines in mind when enjoying aquatic activities.
Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain visual contact with all children playing in or near pools and other bodies of water.
Make sure kids know that breath-holding games can be dangerous.
Keep kids away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water.
Maintain caution around all bodies of water, even if you don’t plan on swimming. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards pose a danger if someone falls into the water.
YMCAs offer swim lessons for all ages. If you or your family are interested in improving your swimming or water safety skills, ask your Y for classes that fit your needs. To learn more about how the Y helps children stay safe around water, visit ymca.net/watersafety.