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71% of the World is Water Children are 100% Curious

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around the Water (SAW) 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.

Safety Around Water course available for ages 3-14

As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the YMCA of the East Valley will provide free water safety to children in our communities at our Redlands, Highland, and San Bernardino branches.

Register for our FREE Safety Around Water class at the YMCA

What Is Safety Around Water?

Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 30 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced, giving your child confidence in and around water.

A typical session includes:

Exercises to help kids adjust to being in the water.

Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water.

Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help

Fun activities that reinforce skills.

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. But, as a parent or caregiver, you can’t keep your children sidelined. You need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends, and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills.


Safety Around Water is free to participants. It is open to anyone in the community who wants their children to learn how to be safe in and around water.

Register for Safety Around Water Lessons Today

Register for our FREE Safety Around Water at the YMCA

Our Vision for Safe Swimmers

Launching in 2017, the YMCA of the East Valley has developed a unique partnership with Redlands Unified School District to have every 2nd grader go through our Safety Around Water program. Funded by the generous support of our donors, our Safety Around Water program is made accessible for all second graders in our community.

We know that in order to create a community of strong swimmers, we need to eliminate the financial and social barriers that many face.

In 2019, we taught 1474 children life-saving water skills.

Help Keep Your Children Safe