Water Smart is Water Safe
The YMCA of Metro North is reminding children and guardians to keep safety top of mind when cooling off by local pools, beaches or lakes this season. With summer right around the corner, and restrictions lifting, pools and swim areas will begin to open across the region, bringing with them the risk of drowning.
As part of National Water Safety month, the Y is reinforcing that parents and caregivers take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of water safety skills with the whole family.
Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. During the last year, the YMCA of Metro North provided life-saving swim lessons to over 4,000 children and adults at their pools in Lynn, Melrose, Saugus, and Peabody.
“We know the risk of drowning or injury can be reduced by almost 90 percent if children participate in formal swim lessons by the age of 4,” says Kathleen Walsh, President and CEO of YMCA of Metro North. “We do everything we can at the Y to give adults and children the tools they need to be safe around water.”
The YMCA of Metro North is sharing our top water safety tips to help caregivers teach children to be water smart and water safe this summer.