Safety Around Water



Our Safety Around Water program provides free swim lessons to local children, teens and adults. Safety Around Water swim lesson participants will be introduced to: 


  • Basic swim skills like floating, blowing bubbles and making forward progress 

  • Safety skills like CPR, identifying safe swimming areas and water rescue techniques like Reach or Throw, Don’t Go

  • Survival skills like pushing off the bottom and resurfacing – jump, push, turn, grab – and rolling between the front and back – swim, float, swim.


The YMCA first introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 110 years ago, and today, more than a million children receive swim lessons at YMCAs across the country. The Safety Around Water program is a standardized YMCA program designed to teach children and adults who are at risk of drowning basic water safety skills. 


According to Y-USA:

  • 90% of U.S. parents think swimming is a key life skill for their children 

  • 24% U.S. parents have low confidence in relation to water-related activities or bodies of water

  • 3 in 10 U.S. parents have not prioritized water safety because of affordability concerns 


We invite children and adults who have not had swim lessons to join us for this vital drowning-prevention program. Registration dates to be decided.