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Posted on May 19, 2016

YMCA’s Safety Around Water Program Helps Kids Have Best Summer Ever



Water Safety Lessons Offered To The Community At No Charge


[DARKE COUNTY, OHIO – MAY 17] – “Swim Safely with Dory” is the theme of 2016’s annual Safety Around Water program at the YMCA of Darke County.

This year’s annual program is sponsored by The Daily Advocate, the Wayne Healthcare Foundation, The Versailles Policy, Alvetro Orthodontics, and the Greenville Rotary Club.

Last year’s program served nearly 200 children.

Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old. During the course, children will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations — from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water. Through Safety Around Water, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills.

“All children deserve access to water safety resources and Safety Around Water is a great starting point to not only get kids comfortable in the water, but also develop a love of swimming,” said Sam Casalano, CEO, YMCA of Darke County. “In many underserved communities, staying safe around water means keeping kids away from water, but water safety and swimming are important life skills that need fostering in all children.”

Most of the sessions are for children who have completed grades K- 6. Other sessions serve children ages 3 to 5 who participate with their parents. Although there is no fee to participate, children are required to register. Forms are available at area schools and are being printed in The Daily Advocate and Versailles Policy. Registrations include a preferred-time option, but sessions are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Click here for Registration Form.

Families interested in learning more about Safety Around Water and how to enroll their child in local Y swimming and water safety classes can visit either Darke County Y branch or call 937-548-3777 in Greenville or 937-526-4488 in Versailles.