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Can Your Child Swim


  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14 years of age.
  • Children under age one most often drown in a bath tub, toilet or bucket.
  • Drowning is a silent event. Children will rarely scream, call out or splash for help.
  • Submersion takes less than 10 seconds. Losing consciousness takes 2 minutes. Permanent brain damage takes only 4-6 minutes.
  • For every child who dies by drowning, another four are hospitalized. Many never recover from brain damage that occurs while they are under water.
  • Most young children who drown in pools were last seen inside the house, had been out of sight less than 5 minutes and were in the care of one or both parents at the time of the event.


The Truth

As the weather warms, more families will retreat to what has become a summer past time - swimming. At the Y, we love the water and have been an advocate for safe swimming for over 100 years, as a matter of fact the Y is considered America’s favorite and FIRST swim instructor. However, we also understand that if not properly trained, the water can be a parent’s worst nightmare.

Know Before You Go

  • Safe swimming starts with awareness. Schedule a free swim assessment at the Y to test your child’s swim ability.
  • Visit to learn three simple tips that could save your child’s life.
  • Register for swim lessons at the Y. We offer classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.