The Y has been America's swim instructor for more than 100 years. Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim by third grade, chances are he or she never will. Participation in formal swimming lessons can greatly reduce the risk of drowning. Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The West Cook YMCA’s Safety Around Water program 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.
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.
The West Cook YMCA offers COMPLIMENTARY safety around water lessons during the summer and school year for Preschool to 3rd Grade students in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Melrose Park, and Maywood and/or who are students in Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, River Forest School District 90, Forest Park School District 91, or Oak Park School District 97.
WHAT IS SAFETY AROUND WATER?
Our Safety Around Water program is designed to reduce children’s risk of drowning by teaching essential water safety skills. Taught by West Cook YMCA swim lesson instructors, these lessons can reduce the risk of drowning and give youth the confidence in and around water. Upon completion of Safety Around Water lessons, the youth will be invited to continue in swim lessons.
The youth will receive:
Safety Around Water at local schools
Safety Around Water Orientation
Complimentary Safety Around Water Swim Lessons that include:
Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim”
ENROLL IN A YMCA SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM TODAY!
The West Cook YMCA offers COMPLIMENTARY safety around water lessons for preschool to 3rd-grade students in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Melrose Park, and Maywood and/or who are studentsin Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, River Forest School District 90, Forest Park School District 91, or Oak Park School District 97. Our Safety Around Water lessons will coincide with times for other swim lessons. Click on the Enrollment Form Button to submit online.