The Gateway Family YMCA Encourages Parents to Focus on Safety During Water Safety Month
During Water Safety Month, The Gateway Family YMCA encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. Throughout the month of May, The Gateway Family YMCA is providing water safety tips, information and fun activities on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GatewayFamilyY designed to keep kids safe as we move into the summer months.
“Water safety is so important, especially at a time when the weather is getting warmer and we are spending more time outside. Swimming can be a great way to keep active and healthy, but children need to learn early on how to remain safe,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “As many families are home together during this time, the information we are sharing on our Facebook page is designed to generate conversations and provide tips to facilitate family discussions.”
As part of National Water Safety Month in May, The Gateway Family YMCA encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water safety. The 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 always stay within an arm’s reach.
- Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
“The best place to start is by learning basic water safety skills that help get kids familiar with the water that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career,” added Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. “Swimming is a great form of physical activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.”
“Our goal at this time is to provide educational information to parents and children, so that safety remains top of mind this summer,” added Rodger D. Koerber, VP of Operations. Learning to swim also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for over 100 years. The Gateway Family YMCA helps youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.
The Gateway Family YMCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, health and community service organization of caring staff and volunteers dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community and stands For Youth Development, For Healthy Living and For Social Responsibility. The Gateway Family YMCA impacts the community by providing quality services to people of all ages, races, faith or incomes. The Y does not just strengthen bodies – it strengthens people, families and communities.
To learn more about The Gateway Family YMCA, visit www.tgfymca.org.