www.mybaycity.com June 28, 2009
Community Article 04004

Bay Area Family Y Teaches Confidence And Safety In The Water

Youth and Adult Swim Lessons, Water Aerobics Classes, Deepwater & Swim Camp

June 28, 2009
By: MyBayCity Staff

Always remember the importance of safety while in the water.

This summer, as millions of families head to the beach, lake, pool or water park for fun in the sun, the Bay Area Family Y reminds Bay Area residents of the importance of safety while in the water.

"Swimming has always been part of the Bay Area Family Y. It's a great way for families to spend time together and improve their health and wellness," says Rob Hendry, Aquatics Director, Bay Area Family Y. "But it's all about safety. Our primary advice to all adults and children is to learn how to swim and to understand the importance of being safe while in the water. It's never too late."

The Bay Area Family Y teaches water safety through the following programs:

Youth and Adult Swim Lessons, Water Aerobics Classes, Deepwater & Swim Camp.

For the last 120 years, the YMCA has been recognized as the nation's leading swim instructor, teaching safety and confidence in the water. The following safety tips will help keep children and families safe in the water this summer:

  • Only swim where there is lifeguard on duty.

  • Never swim alone.

  • Read and follow all rules and signs.

  • Constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a "water watcher" so everyone knows who is "on duty."

  • Keep children who cannot swim within arm's reach of an adult in the water.

  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) when around the water.

  • Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.

  • Enter water feet first unless in a designated diving area.

    To learn more or sign up for the Bay Area Family Y's aquatics program, contact the Y at 989-895-8596, or visit www.ymcabaycity.org.

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