It’s a sad but true fact: drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in children in Canada. In the time that it takes to cross the room to grab a towel, a child can become submerged in water, and all it takes is as little as two inches for a child to drown.
Parents need to constantly supervise their children around the bathtub, sinks and buckets of water – not just at the swimming pool or the beach.
Here are eight ways to keep your kids safe around water:
The YMCA believes that learning to swim is a critical life skill and are committed to helping to ensure children are water safe. That’s why this June, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver is offering free 30-minute water safety classes to help kids learn essential water safety practices and basic survival swimming skills from a highlight qualified YMCA instructor.
Classes include a swim level assessment and are free for kids three to 12 years old – and you don’t need to be a member to participate. Children will gain confidence and skills to help them be water-safe, and after will receive a skill assessment card along with information on how to sign up for YMCA swim lessons.
To learn more or register for the free classes, sign up at your nearest YMCA or call your preferred location today: