Add Learning How to Swim to Your Child’s List of Basic Life Skills


 There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.


For too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list; and that’s something we need to change.


Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.


As part of the program, the YMCA of Broome County will provide 10 scholarships to children from low-income and undeserved communities to participate in free water safety lessons. The lessons teach young people valuable skills like what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly, a situation every child should be equipped to handle.


These classes are just one of the many swim programs that millions of people from toddlers to adults take advantage of at the Y’s more than 2,000 pools across the country. Here in Broome County the Y teaches hundreds of children water safety and swimming each year. Through Safety Around Water, the Y hopes to further bridge cultural and access gaps that can prevent some children from learning important water safety skills.

If children know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by enrolling them in lessons. These classes can provide them a new, exciting way to keep active and meet new friends.

To read more about how the Y’s swim lessons helped a young boy save his younger bother, please visit

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Sign-up for Free Safety Around Water Class for K-6 Grade. The Safety Around Water program starts on Wednesday, October 4th

In Binghamton: 3:30-4:15 p.m.