The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

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Know Before You Go

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4. 

In addition, minority children are three times more likely to drown. Studies indicate that 60% of all African-American children are unable to swim. Today, a residential pool is 14 times more likely to the take the life of a child than an automobile. 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Children's Medical Center, Alliance Data, the Dallas Area Safe Kids Coalition and IPSSA have partnered to provide communities with effective swimming safety presentations and on-going educational information.  Know Before You Go is a coordinated campaign to educate our community about the dangers of drowning and the rules of water safety.  

Learning and living these three basic steps in and around the water could save a life.

  • Test & Teach.  Have your child's swimming skills tested at your local YMCA.  Swim assessments are free at the Y.
  • Watch & Guard.  Appoint an adult to supervise all pool activities, and add barriers around your pool.
  • Throw, Don't Go.  Throw out a flotation device or use a pole to reach a drowning child or adult.  Never jump in to save.

Learn more and find additional water safety resources at