Drowning Elimination

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 14 in Texas. Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. According to the Center for Disease Control formal swim lessons can reduce drowning by 88%.

The Most Dangerous Locations Vary By Age

• Children younger than 1 year old are more likely to drown at home.
• For children younger than 5, 87% of drowning fatalities happen in home pools or tubs.
• Most take place in pools owned by family, friends or relatives.
• After pools, bathtubs are the second leading location where young children drown. However, buckets, bath seats, wells, decorative ponds, and
toilets are also potential drowning sources for infants and toddlers.
• Those 5 to 17 years old are more likely to drown in natural water, such as a pond or lake.

To ensure safety around water:
• Know that any depth of water is dangerous
• Place barriers around water
• Always designate or be a water watcher – be diligent!
• Remember drowning is quiet and quick
• Learn water rescue skills and CPR
• Take formal swim lessons

Water safety program looks different with the impact of COVID-19. The YMCA is still here for you. We have developed a virtual water safety program that will help assist you in keeping kids safe around water.

SPLASH BASH

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of 14 in Texas. Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. According to the Center for Disease Control formal swim lessons can reduce drowning by 88%.

To help combat drowning, the YMCA of Greater Houston will host SPLASH BASH a community water safety day. Children ages 3 and up are invited to participate in a 30-minute water safety class, compliments of the YMCA, to assess swim abilities, offer kids a taste of swim lessons at the Y, and provide parent/guardians with important tools for drowning prevention.

Classes will be offered at YMCA locations across the Houston area. Times vary by location and pre-registration is required.

REGISTER HERE

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Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The YMCA can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Virtual Water Safety

Safety Around Water Program for District G

The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water can be fun, if we have the necessary skills. Knowing how to be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can teach our children. It gives them confidence. And it can save their lives. The YMCA of Greater Houston has partnered with Council Member District (G) Greg Travis to offer swim lessons through our Safety Around Water Program. This program is for kids ages 3-14 years old who reside in District G. District G residents receive priority, but residents in the Greater Houston Area are able to apply. Sessions are Monday through Friday and will be offered starting Monday, June 7th continuing through August 16th at the times below:

3pm – 3:30pm
3:35 pm – 4:05pm
4:10 pm – 4:40pm
5:10 pm – 5:40pm
5:45 pm – 6:15pm
6:20 pm – 6:50pm

There will not be a session available the week of July 5 due to the holiday. There is a limit of 20 children per time slot and registration links for each week are below:

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