“Everybody in the Pool” puts water safety first

May 05, 2016


The Lattof YMCA and School District 62 are bringing water safety to second graders in the community"

As the weather gets warmer, the countdown to pool time begins. But with all of the excitement for swimming, relaxing by the pool and playing “Marco Polo,” water safety isn’t always a high priority, even though drowning is the second-leading cause for accidental death for youth between the ages of one and 14 according to the CDC.

The Des Plaines River runs through our community, and every year a drowning is reported. For this reason, the Lattof YMCA and School District 62 are partnering to bring water safety to second graders in the community through our Everybody in the Pool program. Most of the students have never taken a swimming lesson or water safety class, so we’ve made it our responsibility at the YMCA to teach all second graders at five elementary schools about water safety.

Not only do we take water safety seriously, we teach the students about the Y’s four core values (caring, honesty, respect and responsibility), floating on their backs, wearing life jackets and reaching assists. New this year, the students are also bringing home “Safety Around Water” pledges for their families to sign, which we’ll display here at the Y.

Safety Around Water Pledge:

Interested in teaching your children about water safety, signing up for swim lessons or signing the pledge? Call our aquatics director, Stacey McNamara, at 847.410.5301 or email her at smcnamara@ymcachicago.org.