As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y is committed to bridging the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S., especially in underserved communities. With some pools and beaches open across the country and others remaining closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important for your family to focus on water safety as children may be exposed to unsupervised bodies of water during outdoor time. Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 14 and under? Keep your kids safe with these tips:
- Be a Water Watcher. Maintain constant visual contact with all children playing in or near pools and other bodies of water.
- Don’t let kids play breath-holding games. They can easily lose consciousness and drown.
- Keep kids away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings to avoid entrapments.
- Use a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket to keep young or inexperienced swimmers safe when near ponds and lakes, on boats, or in pools.