2017-05-19 / Family

Y promotes water safety

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, and with summer just around the corner, the Camarillo Family YMCA encourages children and parents to explore the benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety in mind.

In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques and develop confidence while also learning safety skills.

The YMCA offers the following safety tips to practice when in and around water: Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone; adults should constantly and actively watch their children; inexperienced or nonswimmers should wear Coast Guard-approved life jackets; parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach; and children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. It also motivates kids to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.

Swimming also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.

As a nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The Camarillo Family YMCA offers a variety of programs, including family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need.

For more information, visit www.ciymca.org/camarillo or call (805) 484-0423.

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