RED BANK, NJ – The Community YMCA of Red Bank is always thinking of the well-being and safety of children.

Another reason why it’s one of the best organizations on the planet.

Here’s an eye-opener: drowning is the leading cause of death by unintentional injury among children ages 1-4, and, about one in five people who die from drowning in the United States each year are 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   Drowning deaths have been on the rise in recent years, most of which are due to ocean rip currents, especially in New Jersey.

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The Community YMCA is launching 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.

The Safety Around Water, taught by certified Y instructors, is designed to teach children and adults the necessary skills to reduce their risk of drowning and helps them feel safe and comfortable in and around water.

“We are pleased to continue providing this vital service each year,” said Laurie Goganzer, president and CEO of The Community YMCA.  “As a community that is surrounded by water and loves the shore, the Y is committed to teaching our neighbors the importance of water safety and helping parents keep their children safe and confident around the water.”

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!

"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," Goganzer said.

Kids are naturally drawn to water, so they need to learn how to swim.

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

Sign up now for the Safety Around Water program and contact either the Red Bank YMCA or Camp Zehnder. 

Remember, space is limited – don’t miss this opportunity to have more fun in the water!

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

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