SOUTH AMBOY — As summer fast approaches, the South Amboy Branch YMCA plunges into the season with YSplash – a family pool event that kicks-off a week-long celebration of swimming designed to help kids stay safe and healthy at the beach, pool or water park this summer.
This year’s theme is Splash into Health and is open to swimmers and non-swimmers alike; parents and children are invited to come to the event in their swimsuits — ready to jump in the water and learn. Events are planed for Saturday, June 25 from 11:30-12:15 p.m. as well as Monday, June 27 and Wednesday, June 29 from 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Y instructors will provide introductory swim lessons, increasing the children’s confidence around water, and teach them about water safety.
“Swimming is the second most popular form of exercise in the United States, with nearly 370 million annual visits to swimming pools,” said Ruben Merino, Aquatics Director of the South Amboy Branch YMCA. “YMCAs have traditionally been the places where young people learned not only swimming skills, but also the importance of playing safely in the water to prevent injury. That’s why YSplash is so important, because it teaches kids basic swimming skills and safety practices, so they can have fun in the water.”
As the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization and among the country’s most trusted provider of aquatics programs, YMCAs offer the following helpful tips to help parents keep their children safe and injury-free in the water this summer:
- Actively supervise your children when they are both in and around the water.
- Teach children to swim at an early age and educate them early about water safety.
- Make sure children swim within designated areas and stay within your sight.
- Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool.
- Become certified in infant and child CPR.
- Make sure children always wear life jackets and use proper water safety devices.
- Ensure that kids drink plenty of fluids to stay properly hydrated, especially on hot days.
- Wear hats and sunglasses and apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself and your children from sun exposure.
- Keep your child’s ear dry to prevent ear infection.
- Do not let your child scratch his or her ears or put anything in them, since this can increase the chances of infection.
In YMCA Aquatics programs, children learn to be safe around water and they feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with learning something new. Youth progressive swimming uses a problem-solving, guided-discovery teaching approach in a positive, caring environment.
Registration is required for YSplash at the Welcome Desk of the South Amboy Branch YMCA. Y members can register online at www.ymcaofmewsa.org/southamboy. For more information on YSplash or YMCA Aquatics programs, contact Ruben Merino at 1-732-316-8209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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