Is Your Child Safe in the Water? Try a Free Swim Assessment This May.

May 10, 2017


The Y is here to help during National Water Safety Month with free swim assessments at 16 membership centers."

To commemorate National Water Safety Month this May, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is offering free swim assessments to gauge your child’s swimming and water safety skills. For a list of centers, dates and times, see the table below. We’re also asking all parents and adults to take the Water Watcher pledge and to help spread the word about this pledge to others to help keep kids safe around the water. 

Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. According to a recent national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children.

If you know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by enrolling them in lessons. These classes can provide them a new, exciting way to keep active and meet new friends.

Summer swim lessons begin June 5!

Buehler YMCA Sunday, May 21, 1-1:30 preschool, 1:45-2:15 school age
Elmhurst YMCA Saturday, May 20, 1:45-2:45 p.m.
Foglia YMCA Friday, May 12, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Fry Family YMCA Saturday, May 20, 12-12:30 preschool, 12:30-1 school age
Hastings Lake YMCA May 4 and May 19, 12-1 p.m.
High Ridge YMCA Saturday, May 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
Indian Boundary YMCA Saturday, May 20, 11-11:40 a.m.
Irving Park YMCA Saturday, May 20, 2-3 p.m.
Kroehler Family YMCA Saturday, May 20, 10:30-11:10 a.m.
Lake View YMCA Saturday, May 20, 12:30-1:10 p.m.
Sage YMCA May 20-21, 12:30-1 p.m. and 1:05-1:35 p.m.
South Chicago YMCA Friday, May 19, 5-6 p.m.
South Side YMCA Saturday, May 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
West Communities Friday, May 19, 5-5:40 p.m.