YMCA keeping kids active while teaching water safety

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — As part of National Water Safety Month, the YMCA wants swimmers to practice safety when in or around the water.

The Lafayette Family YMCA offers a variety of swim programs that teach water safety skills. It also gives children and adults the chance to explore the health benefits of swimming.

According to the YMCA, swimmers can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends, and develop confidence and a positive mental attitude, all while learning lifesaving water safety skills.

In addition, swimming is a great way to help more children be physically active. Julie Martin, director of community engagement & aquatic leadership at the Lafayette Family YMCA, said it’s never too late to learn how to swim.

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” Martin told News 18 in a release. “The Y encourages all children and adults to learn how to swim. It’s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day.”

Here are some water safety tips, provided by the YMCA, to use when you are in and around the water.

  • Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty — never swim alone.
  • Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
  • Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach away.
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.

To learn more about the Lafayette Family YMCA’s swim programs, please contact Julie Martin at 765-474-3448.

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