STAYING SAFE AROUND WATER
As temperatures rise, kids want to cool off, whether that’s in-home pools, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or oceans. And that means the risk of drowning is ever-present. With May being National Water Safety Month, now is the time for parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety and equip their kids with the essential skills to keep them safe in and around water.
As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y teaches more than 1 million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills each year. With many pools closed last summer due to COVID-19, the Y wants to make sure parents, caregivers and children make water safety a top priority as they head back into the water this year.
Below are five tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable swimming experience for all.
- Never swim alone or without a water watcher. When children are swimming, make sure they are actively supervised at all times. Teach your children that they should only swim in locations where a lifeguard is on duty, or where a responsible adult agrees to watch the children in the water without distractions.
- Supervise your children whenever they’re in or near water. Whether it’s bath time or taking a dip in a pool or lake, make sure your children are within arm’s reach at all times.
- Don’t engage in breath-holding activities. Children should not hold their breath for a prolonged amount of time while swimming, as this can cause drowning and has several other severe physical side effects.
- Wear a life jacket: Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Don’t jump in the water to save a friend who is struggling in deep water. If a child finds their friend in deep water unexpectedly, their natural reaction may be to jump in the water to try to save them. Even if a child is a great swimmer, a panicked person will overpower them and easily pull the rescuer underwater.
STRONG SWIMMERS, CONFIDENT KIDS
At the Y, we take pride in teaching the ins and outs of learning to swim. All participants will be sure to build more and more confidence with each and every stroke! This swim lesson curriculum will help bridge the gap between learning to swim and water safety. Parents can also use our Lesson Selector to easily determine stage placement for where their child will start. Also, each child gets to take a photo on our Achievement Banner after passing their session!
RMY Racers Swim Team
DIVE IN, STAND OUT!
Our Racers Swim Team is a competitive swimming organization providing the finest instruction and training to participants in Rocky Mount, NC and the surrounding areas. This year round program gives youth a chance to experience success and achievement through a wholesome, healthy activity. The Racers Swim Team is a member of USA Swimming, the national governing body of the most successful Olympic sport in history, as well as the Greater Sunbelt Swim Association and the East Carolina Swim League.
ADD WATER FOR BETTER HEALTH
Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. Our Aquatics Department includes our Competitive Racers Swim Team, swimming lessons for all ages (private & group), an adaptive swim programs for kids with special needs within Nash-Rocky Mount Public School System, adult water fitness classes, lifeguard training, recreation & competition Pools for open swim, a spa and sauna. Youth aquatic programs are nationally recognized for providing a well-rounded enriching approach to the development of a healthy spirit, mind, and body.
Some amenities and programs may be adapted or unavailable during COVID-19.