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Free Water Safety Class

YMCA SPLASH MONTH! Free Water Safety Classes (Drop-In)

It’s a startling but true fact: drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in children.
The YMCA of Eastern Ontario believes that learning to swim is a critical life skill. During YMCA Splash Month this June, the YMCA will offer free water safety classes for EVERYONE of all ages! We are committed to reducing water-related injuries and encouraging more people to learn to swim and stay safe this summer.
About the Free Water Safety Classes
The free water safety class will teach participants basic water safety skills and will offer a swim level assessment from the YMCA’s highly trained and qualified aquatics staff to encourage continued participation and learning. In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. The YMCA is a leader in teaching swimming. Tens of thousands of individuals in Canada have been taught to swim through nationally-accredited YMCA swim programs. It’s never too late to learn. This water safety class is open to people of all ages.
We believe learning to swim is a critical life skill and that’s why the YMCA includes swimming lessons with every membership.

Class Drop-In Schedule 

Drop in to the Brockville YMCA at: 345 Park Street at one of the times below. 
Call 613.342.7961 ext.0 for additional information.
 
Thursdays June 20 & June 27
  • 5:00 pm-5:30 pm (ages 0-3 years)
  • 5:00 pm-5:30 pm OR 5:35 pm-6:05 pm OR 6:10 pm-6:40 pm (ages 3-6 years)
  • 5:35 pm-6:05 pm OR 6:10 pm-6:40 pm OR 6:45 pm-7:15 pm (ages 6-12 years)
  • 6:45 pm-7:15 pm (ages 13+)
 
 
 
Here are some YMCA Water Safety Tips you can do to keep your family safe this summer:
  • Always supervise children when they are near or in the water: in the pool or at the beach.
  • Be careful when swimming near strong currents in the ocean. It only takes a second to be swept away.
  • Do not allow children to dive in headfirst unless they are properly trained and the water is deep enough.
  • Ensure non-swimmers are always wearing a PFD when near or in the water.
  • Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub. Drowning can happen in just two inches of water.
  • Make sure children play with care and understand the dangers. Even the friendliest dunking game can be risky.
  • Flotation devices aren’t a replacement for supervision. Make sure an adult is watching at all times.
  • Be proactive and get trained on First Aid and CPR.
  • If you have a swimming pool, make sure your children cannot get into the pool area by having proper fencing and a childproof gate.
  • Life jackets have weight limits. Make sure your life jacket or PFD is comfortable and light, fits snug and does not ride above your ears. Not sure if it’s fitting properly? A YMCA lifeguard would be happy to check if for you.
  • Make sure the entire family learns to swim! There is no substitute for knowing how to swim!