It’s a startling but true fact: drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in children. 

Here’s what you can do to keep your family water safe:

  1. Always supervise children when they are near or in the water: in the pool or at the beach.
  2. Be careful when swimming near strong currents in the ocean. It only takes a second to be swept away.
  3. Do not allow children to dive in headfirst unless they are properly trained and the water is deep enough.
  4. Ensure non-swimmers are always wearing a PFD when near or in the water.
  5. Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub. Drowning can happen in just two inches of water.
  6. Make sure children play with care and understand the dangers. Even the friendliest dunking game can be risky.
  7. Floatation devices aren’t a replacement for supervision. Make sure an adult is watching at all times.
  8. Be proactive and get trained on First Aid and CPR.
  9. If you have a swimming pool, make sure your children cannot get into the pool area by having proper fencing and a childproof gate.
  10. Lifejackets have weight limits. Make sure your lifejacket or PFD is comfortable and light, fits snug and does not ride above your ears. Not sure if it’s fitting properly? A YMCA lifeguard would be happy to check if for you. 
  11. Make sure the entire family learns to swim! There is no substitute for knowing how to swim.

We believe learning to swim is a critical life skill and that’s why the YMCA includes swimming lessons with every membership. 

To get involved, sign up at your closest YMCA membership desk or call:

Langara Family YMCA: 604-324-9622

Robert Lee YMCA: 604-689-9622

Tong Louie Family YMCA: 604-575-9622

Need a little inspiration? Watch this video!