“Swimming has always been part of the YMCA. It’s a great way for families to spend time together and improve their health and wellness,” says James Coley, Chesterfield Family YMCA Branch Director. “But it’s all about safety. Our primary advice to all adults and children is to learn how to swim and to understand the importance of being safe while in the water. It’s never too late.”
The Chesterfield Family YMCA teaches water safety through swim lessons for all age groups and abilities.
For the last 120 years, the YMCA has been recognized as the nation’s swim instructor, teaching safety and confidence in the water. The following safety tips will help keep children and families safe in the water this summer:
Only swim where there is lifeguard on duty.
Never swim alone.
Read and follow all rules and signs.
Constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
Keep children who cannot swim within arm's reach of an adult in the water.
Children and inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water.
Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Enter water feet first unless in a designated diving area.
To learn more or sign up for the Chesterfield Family YMCA’s aquatics programs, contact James Coley or Dallas Watson 623-9622, or visit www.cfieldymca.com.