The Lancaster Family YMCA is committed to teaching children how to swim and be safe around water. On Saturday, May 5, the City Center YMCA, the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA and the YMCA at New Holland will host FREE Safety Around Water classes geared toward children who have not had previous swimming or water safety instruction and cannot jump into the water and exit on their own.
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-14 and 60 percent of children who drown are within 10 feet of safety. The Lancaster Family YMAC notes that 70 percent of African American children and nearly 60 percent of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, putting them at risk for drowning.
The free classes on May 5 will give children an overview of water safety skills and provide parents with an assessment of their child’s current skill level and needs.
Classes offered at the City Center YMCA, 265 Harrisburg Avenue, Lancaster; the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster; and the YMCA at New Holland, 123 N. Shirk Road, New Holland.
- Preschool Classes (ages 3-5), May 5, 9-9:45 a.m. and 11-11:45 a.m.
- Youth Classes (ages 6-12), May 5, 10-10:45 a.m. and 12-12:45 p.m.
The YMCA Safety Around Water classes are offered at no cost to the public, but registration for the class is required and can be completed at any YMCA branch or through the YMCA’s online program registration site.
Since 2016, the Lancaster Family YMCA has offered Safety Around Water classes to second grade students in Wharton Elementary School as part of the Future Red Tornadoes initiative. These classes are offered without cost to the families through a partnership with the Lancaster Rec Commission and the School District of Lancaster. Through a grant from CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, the Y was able to expand the Safety Around Water program to include classes for children at Ross and Wickersham Elementary schools in winter/spring of 2018.