6 Water Safety Tips

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Water Safety

There are many pros of spending the afternoon swimming with family at the YMCA pool, but everyone who steps foot in the water should know basic water precautions and safety skills to prevent something from not only happening to themselves but their fellow swimmers. Here are six tips to staying safe in the water.


Don’t Swim Alone

When you head out into the water the most important water safety tip is to swim with a buddy, someone who is older and has more experienced or a trusted adult. This is important because they can prevent accidents from occurring by alerting nearby swimmers if there is an emergency, or physically help you out of the water themselves.


Swim In Monitored Areas

The job of the lifeguard is to monitor certain areas of the pool and prevent any accidents from occurring. Remember, the lifeguard doesn’t count as your swim buddy, because they are busy watching out for all swimmers in the pool and can’t just focus on you.


Wear the Proper Gear

Young children and inexperienced children should always wear a certified life jacket around the water. While other devices may be promoted as good tools to use in the pool such as floaties, water wings, or pool noodles, only certified life jackets should be trusted to ensure the safety of the swimmers.


Practice Treading Water

Treading water is an extremely important exercise that involves the paddling of legs in an upright position to keep the head and neck above the water. If there was an emergency, this skill is lifesaving because it doesn’t exert much energy while keeping your body afloat.


Practice Floating

In the case of an accident or an emergency, another lifesaving technique is that all swimmers need to learn and utilize is floating. Floating teaches swimmers to roll on their back and stay at the surface of the water, which puts them in an ideal position to breathe. In addition, floating helps conserve valuable energy, and reduces the chances of drowning from physical fatigue. The simple act of floating can save your life!


Take a Swimming Lesson

At the YMCA, we offer swim lessons that provide children, teens, and adults with the means to enjoy themselves and learn about water safety. Using a skill-based approach designed to meet the needs of members, the YMCA offers water discovery, exploration, movement, and stamina lessons. It’s never too late to learn how to swim at the YMCA!



Once you learn the basics of water safety, you can confidently enjoy an afternoon of swimming and family fun.