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Safety Around Water

Drowning is preventable.

Safety Around Water is a program that teaches kids and their families water safety skills to prevent drowning. It is typically delivered in eight lessons.


The program builds upon individual skills to create two core skill sequences to help children be safe in and around water: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, and grab.


Swim, float, swim. In this skill sequence, children swim a short distance on their front, turn to their back to float, then turn to their front to continue swimming, if they are able. Children may choose to stay in a back float. Rolling onto their back periodically allows them to rest and breathe. The sequence helps children stay afloat until someone arrives to help them or they are able to get to safety using the combined skills.

Jump, push, turn, grab. In this skill sequence, a child jumps into the water, pushes off the bottom, turns around to face the wall, grabs the wall, and safely exits the pool. The sequence simulates the experience children have if they are submerged in water unexpectedly. After learning the sequence, children have the skills to get back to the side of the pool or to safety.

Research has shown that participation in formal swimming instruction can prevent drowning. The Y is the nation’s leading provider of community-based swim lessons. With more than 1 million children participating in swim lessons, and with more than 2,700 locations in 10,000 communities, the Y is one of the few organizations in the country positioned to bridge the gap between the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the United States. We can help kids and families learn to be safe in and around water. 

For more information about when the next Safety Around Water class will be offered, contact Sahara Adams at or 508-879-4420 X 287