WHATCOM FAMILY YMCA


TEACHING SKILLS

THAT SAVE LIVES

Safety Around Water

This program is free for ages 5-11 in Whatcom County.

The Whatcom Family YMCA, along with a generous grant from Phillips 66, is excited to provideall first grade students in Whatcom County the opportunity to learn water safety skills in our Safety Around Water program. Over 1,000 students will receive this invaluable program at no cost to them. 

Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will. Early swimming lessons are critical. 

The Y will provide a 5-day program to help children learn how to respond if they find themselves in an unexpected water situation, from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge, to safely reaching a pool’s edge and exiting any body of water. 

"All children deserve access to water safety resources that not only could save their lives, but enrich them with an outlet for fun, healthy activity."

Tish O’Keefe, Aquatics Director, Whatcom Family YMCA