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Safety Around Water

Safety Around Water

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxuryit is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water 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.

What is Safety Around Water?

The YMCAs of Lincoln include certain safety around water skills within their swimming lesson curriculum. Skills include:

  • Exercises to help kids adjust to being the water
  • Instruction in "Jump, Push, Turn, Grab" and "Swim, Float, Swim", two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • Specific safety topics, like what do do if you see someone in the water who needs help

Learn more about swim lessons or register for available sessions online

YMCA Float For Life in Partnership with Josh the Otter

Josh the Otter

The YMCAs of Lincoln also offer specific classes in addition to swimming lessons that are designed to teach children, ages one to three years old, life-saving techniques.

Classes are designed to teach children ages 1 to 3 years old how to breathe by rolling over to their backs and floating. This life-saving technique can give children those few extra seconds that may save their lives.

Individually, children will learn safety skills used throughout life. They will learn to float first, swim to the side and move in and out of the water comfortably. Classes are one-on-one with the instructor. Parents will not get in the water for these classes. Each class will be determined by child's personal progress. This program is a skills-learned program, and will not receive a "grade" at the end of the session. When skills are completed, enroll your child into our YMCA Swim Program for stroke development and refinement.

Classes meet twice a week for six weeks. Each class is 15 minutes long. Ten minutes are in the water and five minutes are for parent education/communication.

Josh the Otter Water Safety & Awareness Project's mission is to educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through utilization of drowning prevention campaigns and early childhood safety training. For more information, visit joshtheotter.org.