Now more than ever, we are committed to raising awareness for water safety and drowning prevention. As we head into the summer season, it is critical that safety around water remains at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

The following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
  1. Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
  2. Adults should actively and continually watch their children.  
  3. Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  4. Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
  5. Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.
  6. Teach children water safety & swimming tips as early as possible.
  7. Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near the pool.
  8. Post CPR instructions & learn the procedures.
  9. Keep a first aid kit poolside.
  10. Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. Never allow a young child in a pool without an adult.
  11. Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. Resist the temptation to jump into deep water to save someone as a panicked person may overpower even if a child is a great swimmer. The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches the “reach, throw, don’t go” concept of using a long object to reach for them and pull them to safety. By using this technique, children and adults can help without compromising their safety.



Kids looking at water in swimming pool

Kelly Wagner, Senior Director for Aquatics, kicks off water safety month!

Woman in lifejacket

Kelly Wagner, Senior Director for Aquatics, prepares for a kayaking trip with her friend, Stacey. 

Swimming pool

Join Paula Kwalick, Aquatic Coordinator, as she provides backyard pool safety tips to help you stay safe during the summer.

Girl learning to put on a life jacket

Paula Kwalick, Aquatic Coordinator, teaches how to properly fit a life jacket

Boy getting ready to jump in the water

Paula Kwalick, Aquatic Coordinator, reviews rules of the swimming pool.

Aquatic instructor standing in swimming pool

Paula Kwalick, Aquatic Coordinator, reviews how to reach & assist.