For over 100 years, as America's swim instructor, the YMCA has been providing high-quality swim instruction to children and families to prevent drowning and build a love of the sport.

Tips to Staying Safe in and Around the Water

Learn to recognize signs and symptoms of drowning, find out how to prevent it from happening, sign the pledge to be a Water Watcher, and see ways to have fun safely.

Learn Prevention

Become a Water Watcher

Are you a Water Watcher?

Assign an adult to constantly watch children in water. Sign the pledge to be a Water Watcher >

Watch Out for Curious Children    

  • Stay within arms reach when your child is near water
  • 72% of drownings take place at home
  • Avoid floaties - use lifejackets instead
  • Teach your child to swim.



Know the Facts

Water Safety Tips      


Drowning is Preventable    

  • Drowning is silent and quick    
  • Only need mouth and nose covered to note breathe
  • Use caution around bath tubs, bodies of water, buckets, and backyard pools
  • 88% of drownings take place under some supervision
  • 60% of drownings take place within 10 feet of safety.

Signs and Symptoms

Drowning victims are rarely able to wave or call for help. Watch for:   

  • Head low in the water or tilted back
  • Gasping
  • Trying to swim but not moving
  • Hair covering forehead or eyes
  • Eyes closed or unable to focus


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