RED BANK, NJ - The World is 71% Water.  Your kids are 100% curious.

Summer’s around the corner - lessen your stress when you take your kids to the pool, lake or beach by remembering these safety tips from the Community YMCA:

Buddy Up – Never allow children to swim alone.  Teach them to use the buddy system even at a public pool, lake or beach with a lifeguard on duty.

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Lifeguards on Duty - Only allow your children to swim in designated areas where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Adult Supervision - Adults should constantly and actively watch children in and around water even when lifeguards are present.  Be sure your children are within arm’s reach of you at all time.

Wear a Life Jacket - Inexperienced and non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in and around water.

No Breath Holding - Children shouldn’t hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side-effects.

Learn to Swim - Enroll your children in water safety or swim lessons.  Just like teaching your children to look both ways before they cross the street, having them participate in formal water safety lessons teaches them an important life skill.

Want to teach your kids how to swim?

The Community YMCA is offering its annual Safety Around Water Program and everyone in the community is urged to participate.

The program is an intensive 5-day fun-filled plan that introduces the aquatic environment to beginners and teaches basic learn-to-swim skills and water safety awareness for families.

When: Safety Around Water week will be held Monday, June 17th through Friday, June 21st.

Who: The annual program is offered to first-time participants of all ages who have little or no swimming ability, including current Y members who have not already participated in a YMCA swim program.

Where: The Red Bank Family YMCA, 166 Maple Ave., Red Bank, and at YMCA Camp Zehnder, 3911 Herbertsville Rd., Wall.

Contact: For more information, contact Caitlin Minnich, Red Bank swim coordinator, at 732.741.2504, ext. 220, or Alicia Kelly, Camp Zehnder swim coordinator, at 732.836.9177, ext. 832.

Registration/Cost: Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis at one of the Y’s aquatic locations in Red Bank and Wall. Program fee is $15 and schedules can be viewed online.  Space is limited!

Check out this video of a youngster explaining the benefits and fun from learning how to swim, by clicking HERE.

"Drowning can happen nearly anywhere, but as parents and caregivers, we can’t keep our children sidelined.  We need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water so they don’t miss out on the health benefits of exercise, opportunities to bond with family and friends, and their sense of accomplishment in learning a new skill," said Laurie Goganzer, President and CEO of the Community YMCA.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”  William Faulkner

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