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The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help kids learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.


This 8-day course, taught by a certified instructor, teaches children two sets of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

  • Exercises to help children adjust to being in water
  • Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water
  • An activity that teaches children about specific safety topics such as pool rules and boating safety
  • A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

Each lesson includes a handout for parents and caregivers with additional water safety tips.

The Safety Around Water program is currently in its piloting stage, with the goal of providing every child in our community the opportunity to develop these skills. 

To make this program a success, we need YOUR help!

The donor-supported Safety Around Water program is free to participants and is currently offered in partnership between the Greater Peoria Family YMCA and Peoria Public Schools, Peoria Park District and Peoria Area Water Wizards.