OPENING UP THE WORLD OF WATER
Safety Around Water
At the Y, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. When children learn how to be safe in and around water, it opens up a vast new world full of opportunities for them to develop self-esteem, discover new ways to stay fit and build relationships that can last a lifetime.
Water safety is about far more than being safe. It’s about providing children new opportunities for growth and development. It’s about children staying active and healthy. It’s about them gaining the confidence that comes from accomplishing new skills. At the Y, we are fighting the statistics surrounding water safety and obesity in our county through the Safety Around Water program, which gives kids skills to help keep them safe for a lifetime. Thanks to the Parkview Community Health Improvement Fund, the Safety Around Water program is provided during the school day to local elementary students.
The Safety Around Water curriculum is a proven method for teaching children fundamental water safety skills.
This 8-session course teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give you and your children confidence in and around water. A typical session will include:
· Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
· Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
· Specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help
· Fun activities that reinforce skills
Thanks to the Parkview Wabash Hospital Community Health Improvement Fund, 500 local students per year are participating in this program free-of-charge. To learn more about how your child can participate in this program, contact:
Director of Aquatics and Well-Being