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Teaching Skills that Save Lives

Published 04.20.17 8:30 am

YMCA to host Free Water Safety Day on April 28 for Fayette and Jessamine County Schools

On Friday, April 28, the YMCA will host over 450 kids for Central Kentucky Swims, a Y initiative aimed at teaching children how to be safe in and around the water. In this free program, second and third graders from select Fayette and Jessamine County Schools will attend a swim safety class at a YMCA of Central Kentucky to learn water safety basics, such as how to float, how to spot a person in distress, and what to do if you find yourself in danger in and around the water.

The program is aimed at giving children a basic safety course before entering the summer swim season. The participating schools include Booker T. Washington Academy Elementary School, Mary Todd Elementary, Yates Elementary, William Wells Brown Elementary, Cardinal Valley Elementary School and Nicholasville Elementary.

Through generous donations from KEMI, Kentucky American Water, White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics, Lexington Clinic, and the Jessamine County Fiscal Court/City of Nicholasville, students will be given a voucher for free swim lessons so they can complete eight weeks of lessons at the YMCA of Central Kentucky.

“Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children,” said YMCA of Central Kentucky President and CEO David Martorano. “Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs.”

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming - beginning with water safety. Following are safety tips 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 or 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.

The YMCA offers a variety of programs, including swim lessons for all ages, water exercise classes (free with a YMCA membership) and youth competitive swim teams. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate in YMCA programs and membership, financial assistance is available.

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