Safety in and around water is an important issue for all of our children, but a disproportionate number of minority children drown each year. At the Y, we believe that safe swimming saves lives and that all children should be equipped with the skills to help them safely enjoy the water. Our Safety Around Water program is one of the many ways we help to make time in and around the water both fun and safe.

Safety Around Water Initiative

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The 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. At the YMCA of Central New York, programs like the Urban Swim Initiative help us bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in under-served communities.

The YMCA is dedicated to helping all children grow up safe, happy and healthy. That's why we partnered with the Syracuse City School District and Say Yes to Education to create the Safety Around Water/Urban Swim Initiative, designed to dramatically cut the number of swim-related fatalities among minorities.

Every summer, our lifeguards and instructors provide hands-on swim safety instruction in city pools to hundreds of Syracuse City School kids. Participants learn how to stay safe in and around the water.

Students who complete the program are equipped to make safe decisions in and around water. By working with others and reaching their own goals, they’ll be more confident and connected.

Through the generosity of donors, we are able to ensure that all kids can enjoy the water. We collect and distribute hundreds of swimsuits to families in need.

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