The YMCA SPLASH program, an acronym for Swim, Play, and Learn Aquatic Safety Habits, is a national YMCA initiative designed to prepare children for being around pools and open water in the summer, as well as to help parents feel comfortable with their confidence and skills in and around water. Sessions teach kids water and boating safety. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate with their kids. The program includes some in-water activities.
Water Safety Tips for Children and Adults
- Only swim when and where there is lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
- Adults should constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
- Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on, or around the water.
- Children who are beginners should stay within an arm's reach of an adult in the water.
For more water safety tips and drowning prevention facts, visit the Centers for Disease Control at: http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/waterinjuries-factsheet.html.