Read these five important water safety guidelines.

Water is an important part of summer fun, whether you’re heading to the pool, the lake or the beach. Learning to swim is an important skill for kids to be safe around water. Here are five guidelines to keep in mind when enjoying activities in and near the water.

  1. Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain visual contact with all children playing in or near pools and other bodies of water.
  2. Make sure kids know that breath-holding games can be dangerous.
  3. Keep kids away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.
  4. Inexperienced and nonswimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket around water.
  5. 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.

The YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages. If you or your family are interested in improving your swimming or water safety skills, check out our program guide for classes that fit your needs.

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