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71% of the World is Water.

Children are 100% Curious

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Safety Around Water

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.

Overcoming Barriers to Water Safety

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.

The Y introduced the country to group swim lessons over 110 years ago in 1909. Now, as one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, we teach more than a million children, especially those most at-risk of drowning, invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year.

Features Of SAW

Safety Around Water consists of eight lessons designed to teach kids water safety skills that help reduce the risk of drowning and build their skills and confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

Get them Comfortable in the Water

Exercises to help kids adjust to being in the water

what to do when

Safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help

Skill sets to get the ready

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

skills for a lifetime

Fun activities that reinforce skills

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Enroll Now

Sign up today for SAW

Enroll in a YMCA Safety Around Water program today! SAW 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.

More at the Y

In honor of National Water Safety Month, we’re asking for new children’s swimsuits and beach towels to ensure all our students can access our FREE Safety Around Water lessons!