YMCA Making a Splash
in San Gabriel Valley
There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.
For too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list; and that’s something we need to change.
Fatal drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. For children under the age of 5, more than 60 drowning deaths per year occurred state-wide over the last 5 years. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. African American children are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. The disparity is partly due to the lack of swimming experience among these children.
According to a recent national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children. Watch this short clip from The Y on the importance of water safety.
The Y is committed to reducing water-related injuries, particularly in communities where children are most at risk, and providing a safe and affordable environment for families to enjoy the summer months. As part of a new program, the YMCA of San Gabriel Valley will provide opportunities to families from low-income and underserved communities to participate in recreational open swim and water safety lessons.
Beginning May 31st, community members will have the opportunity to swim all summer long for less than a dollar per day at Workman High School in City of Industry. To ensure a safe and quality experience, life guards will be on duty at all times and Water Safety and Prevention classes will be held every Monday at 11am. The lessons teach young people valuable skills like what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly, a situation every child should be equipped to handle.
If you know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by joining in the fun this summer. The program can provide them a new, exciting way to keep active and meet new friends.
Monthly swim passes will be limited. Early registration is recommended. To learn more about the Y’s Swim and Water Safety Program, please visit www.ymcasgv.org/swim!
Read the official press release here.