Safety Around Water Open House
The open house includes a free swim lesson and parent resources.
All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Please RSVP to this event here: https://buff.ly/2LavHak
Why You Should Learn About Water Safety:
Tragically, this summer 12 drownings have occurred in Massachusetts’ pools, lakes, rivers and beaches - the victims ranged in age from just 2 years old to 70.
Across the country, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
The problem is particularly acute among minority and immigrant communities.
Research conducted in 2017* is frightening: 64 percent of African American children cannot swim, compared to 45 percent of Hispanic children and 40 percent of Caucasian children.
Additionally, 79 percent of children in families with household income less than $50,000 have no/low swimming ability.
Water safety and learning to swim are vital life skills that should be taught just as readily as looking both ways before crossing the street.
Summer is a great time for parents to remember the importance of equipping children (and themselves!) with essential water safety skills.
*2017 National Study: USA Swimming Foundation with the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas research
276 Church Street, Newton, MA, 02458 map
The West Suburban YMCA (276 Church St, Newton, MA) is conveniently located off of the Mass Pike at exit 17. Parking is available on site. You can also access the Y via public transit using the 57 bus or taking the commuter rail to Newtonville (Framingham/Worcester line).
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