The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges wants to make sure kids can safely enjoy the pool, lake or ocean this summer - and all year-round.

The Y’s Safety Around Water Week is a free five-day program that teaches children of all ages and backgrounds basic swimming skills, with the intent of reducing the risk of drowning and boosting confidence in and around water. Guided by certified swim instructors, participants will learn how to react if they are unexpectedly submerged or in distress. Adults can also learn CPR during their child’s session.

The program is being held June 24-28 at the following locations:

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  • Greater Bergen County YMCA, 360 Main St., Hackensack

  • Sussex County YMCA, 15 Wits End Rd., Hardyston

  • Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Dr., Wayne

  • West Essex YMCA, 321 South Livingston Ave., Livingston

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4, and second leading cause of unintentional death for ages 5-14. The Y is working to working to change these statistics, teaching more than a million children across the U.S. invaluable swimming skills each year.

Visit metroymcas.org to learn more about the Y’s Safety Around Water program and swim lessons offered at your local branch.