Source: GMN Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 14. To help ensure safety as well as fitness at the beach this summer, The Community YMCA invites local residents to participate in Learn To Swim Week, June 20-24.
Offered to first-time participants who have little or no swimming ability, the water safety program includes five lessons at a nominal fee of $15 for kids and adults. Participants do not need to be Y members, but must register in advance at the Family Health & Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Ave. in Red Bank.
The Learn To Swim Week program introduces beginners to the aquatic environment, teaches basic learn-to-swim skills and increases water safety awareness for families. “Learn To Swim Week is a great opportunity for our community to learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills that can help prevent dangerous situations and save lives,” says Rhonda Anderson, president and CEO of The Community YMCA.
The nation’s leader in swim instruction, the Y teaches more than a million children across the country invaluable water safety and swimming skills every year. The Community YMCA provides free swim lessons to all third graders in Red Bank during the school year, and offers year-round aquatics programs, including swim lessons for children as young as six months, family swim time and competitive swimming at two locations – the Family Health & Wellness Center in Red Bank and the Lass Aquatics Center at Camp Zehnder in Wall.
Following are safety tips for all to practice when in and around the water:
• Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
• Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
• Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
• Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
• Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.
Families interested in learning more about Learn To Swim Week and how to enroll their children in Y swimming and water safety classes should visit CYMCA.org or call 732-741-2504.