Health & Wellness

West Essex YMCA to Offer Free Water Safety Program in June

0086750c2a9aad16dc09_swim_lrg.jpg
0086750c2a9aad16dc09_swim_lrg.jpg

LIVINGSTON, NJ — As an organization dedicated to building safe and healthy communities, the West Essex YMCA believes that all children deserve the opportunity to learn to swim. From June 25 to 29, the Y is offering its Safety Around Water program, which includes five free swim lessons, to teach children water safety and basic swimming skills.

According to Scott Weber, aquatic director at the West Essex Y in Livingston, two children die every day as a result of drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 and the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14.

“The West Essex YMCA has dedicated itself to continue this free program that helps keep children safe in and around water,” said Weber. “Education, awareness, and practice in the water can help make a positive impact on the totally preventable problem of childhood drowning.”

Sign Up for E-News

Research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children and adults, he said. It also promotes a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living, and can help prevent chronic diseases.

“Safety Around Water is a great starting point to not only get kids comfortable in the water, but also teach their parents the importance of developing water safety skills,” said Weber. “During the five-day program, children will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations—from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge—to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water. 

“Education, awareness, and practice in the water can help make a positive impact on the totally preventable problem of childhood drowning.”

Skills sequences being taught are as follows:

Swim, float, swim


In this skill sequence, children swim a short distance on their front, turn to their back to float, then turn to their front to continue swimming. Rolling onto their back periodically allows them to rest and breathe. The sequence helps children stay afloat until someone arrives to help them or they are able to get to safety using the combined skills.

Jump, push, turn, grab

In this skill sequence, a child jumps into the water, pushes off the bottom, turns around to face the wall, grabs the wall, and safely exits the pool. The sequence simulates the experience children have if they are submerged in water unexpectedly. After learning the sequence, children have the skills to get back to the side of the pool or to safety.

Adults are welcome, as it is equally as important for parents to learn basic swimming skills to help keep their children safe around water.

For more information or to register, click HERE or contact Weber at 973-992-7500 ext. 108.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Livingston

Evolve Cycle And Fitness Presale Happening Now!

May 18, 2018

CALDWELL, NJ - Evolve Cycle and Fitness is now offering 10 classes for only $90. That’s only $9 a class when you purchase before its official Grand Opening on Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Only two weeks left to take advantage of this limited time offer! Call Martha at 973-979-5919 or click here to sign up.

Evolve Cycle and Fitness is a Premier Fitness Boutique ...

Save Up To 20% at CNP Treasures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your mom or that special someone in your life for Mother's Day? Then CNP Treasures has you covered! Save up to 20% at CNP Treasures located at 14 Northfield Ave in West Orange.

Come by this weekend so we can help you find the perfect gift! Offer expires Sunday, May ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_858d52d71559e8db11c1_35608_125981954105061_273496_n-1

Thu, May 24, 6:30 PM

Heritage Middle School , Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: 6th to 7th ...

Education

Carousel_image_27a1c651521c971f9a4d_1cdb218c0a6934197fac_b2a4cff22151f502f44b2552724bef71_xl

Thu, May 24, 7:00 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Understanding Hearing Loss

Health & Wellness

Carousel_image_340b7d186bbd7d783f02_35608_125981954105061_273496_n-1

Thu, May 24, 7:30 PM

Heritage Middle School , Livingston

Livingston Public Schools Presents: 6th to 7th ...

Education

Montclair HS Student Reported Sexual Assault in All-Gender Bathroom, Officials Say

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - According to published reports on Wednesday, Montclair Police officials are investigating allegations of sexual assault reported to have occurred in a bathroom at Montclair High School.

Montclair police officials state that officers received a report about an incident at the high school of a sexual nature that occurred around 3:18 p.m. on Monday. The ...

Still Time to Register for Livingston's Fall Intown Soccer

May 14, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although a late fee may be applied as of May 13, registration is still open for the Fall 2018 Intown Soccer season in Livingston, including the high school co-ed program.

Livingston Soccer Club's (LSC) Intown program is all about sportsmanship, making friends, getting some exercise and learning a bit about soccer along the way. LSC provides the following ...

10-Year-Old Cancer Patient Receives Donation from Randolph Hockey Family

May 21, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ — While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real-life battles off the ice, there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the members of the Randolph varsity hockey team, when they came together to ...

Please Sponsor Livingston's 82nd Annual Fourth of July Celebration!

May 7, 2018

Dear Livingston Friends:

Fourth of July always brings plenty of family activities for our entire town: the auto show, rides, swim contests, children’s entertainment, food provided by Dinosaur BBQ and others, Beer & Wine Café with live music, Main Stage show featuring Livingston’s own Epic Soul, and our Township’s always fabulous fireworks spectacular.

As a ...

A Royal Pain

I went to a big wedding over the weekend.  It was in England.

I like to think I was invited, but according to the Royal Guards and the Thames Valley Police I was not.  But more about that later.

You see, not too long ago I received an evite addressed to me from H&M@royalwedbot.co.uk.  Curiously, it was in my spam folder with a warning message. For an evite it was pretty ...