LANCASTER FAMILY YMCA MISSION PRIORITY
Safety Around Water
Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-14 years old.*
Learning how to swim and be safe around water is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. While all children need water safety skills, 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or no swim ability, putting them at risk for drowning.
The Lancaster Family YMCA is committed to making swimming and water safety a basic life skill for children – particularly for those from communities most at risk of drowning. Through our swimming and Safety Around Water programs we work with children to introduce them to water, help them overcome fears and build their confidence by teaching them skills needed to stay safe.
2017 Safety Around Water Highlights
881 children participated in YMCA swim lessons
113 children participated in subsidized Safety Around Water classes
300 children participated in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District’s Second Grade Learn to Swim program hosted at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA.
Since 2016, the Lancaster City YMCA has been providing 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 Lancaster Family YMCA was able to expand the Safety Around Water program to include classes for children at Ross and Wickersham Elementary schools in the winter/spring of 2018.