YMCA offers program to teach everyone about water safety

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Kids will be splashing in the water this weekend as the holiday ushers in the opening of local pools.

As the nation’s largest operator of swimming pools, the YMCA developed the Safety Around Water program.

The program gives children of all ages the chance to learn water safety skills that can keep them safe in and around the water.

“If you’re not safe, you could get hurt or get other people hurt,” 9-year-old Andrew Taulbee said.

Statistics show that drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages 4 to 14.

“Safety around pools cannot be taken for granted,” Garver YMCA Aquatics Director Chris Tamasovich said.

Through the Safety Around Water program, your local YMCA can teach infants as young as six months how to get out of a pool.

Tamasovich said you’re never too old to learn how to swim and be safe.

For the top five YMCA tips on water safety, click here.