Northwest Herald Features Water Safety Tips from Sage YMCA

June 03, 2014

 

For many children and families, summer is the perfect time to spend a fun day at the pool, beach or lake. As the largest operator of swimming pools in the U.S. and a leading provider of swim and water safety programs, the Y believes in the importance of practicing safety tips in and around the water"

For many children and families, summer is the perfect time to spend a fun day at the pool, beach or lake. As the largest operator of swimming pools in the U.S. and a leading provider of swim and water safety programs, the Y believes in the importance of practicing safety tips in and around the water.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning remains the second leading cause of accidental death among children under the age of 14 and the fifth-leading cause for people of all ages.

“I feel there is a lack of respect for the water,” says Stacey McNamara, aquatics director at Sage YMCA. “People in general don’t take the time to learn about the water and they take it for granted. But swimming is the only sport that will ever save your life.”

While she encourages everyone to take swimming lessons, there are tips to follow that could help during an emergency.

Read the full Northwest Herald article.