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ABC7 Eyewitness News Nutrition and Fitness Reporter Lori Corbin recently visited Torrance-South Bay YMCA to talk about the Y’s Safety Around Water program. 

Teaching kids to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. In California, drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five. Whether it’s a sparkling pool, the glistening ocean, an inviting bath or simply a water-filled bucket, children have a natural curiosity around water. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program prepares children with essential water safety skills to reduce their chance of drowning.

Composed of eight, 40 minute lessons, a typical Safety Around Water session includes:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • Specific safety topics, including what to do when they see someone in the water who needs help
  • Fun activities that reinforce skills

The YMCA invented the concept of group swim lessons more than one hundred years ago in 1909 and last year, the LA Y taught 53,000 swim lessons to kids in our community. You can count on us to teach your child invaluable water safety skills to help them build confidence and foster a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. 

Seventy-one percent of the world is water. Children are 100% curious. 

Ensure your child’s safety around water by signing up for swim lessons at the Y today.