Water safety is critical and learning to swim is the best defense! Whether you enjoy the beach or a backyard pool, prevention is key. Your kids need to be safe in the water but what can you do?
- S-IGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR SWIM LESSONS.
- W-ATCH KIDS CLOSELY AROUND ANY WATER!
- I-NVEST IN SAFETY!
- M-AKE THE MOST OF FREE PROGRAMS!
The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department's Aquatics District offers affordable, year-round programs at 13 locations citywide. The “Learn to Swim” program offers swimming lessons at reduced cost or no-cost. They are available for children at least 3 feet tall and toilet trained.
Across San Diego County, the week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.
For more information on how to join and participate in Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, please visit the newly updated CDC Healthy Swimming Website.
Aquatic programs for disabled and special needs are available through various organizations such as these:
- CHALLENGE CENTER | AQUATICS TRAINING PROGRAM
- NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY PACIFIC SOUTH COAST CHAPTER | COMMUNITY SERVICES
- AQUATICS PROGRAM, UNITED CEREBAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY
DID YOU KNOW… Swim lessons and water safety is just one of many ways the YMCA helps strengthen our communities and get kids ready for summer!
The YMCA offers several swim programs, but Safety Around Water is designed to engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more youth access to water safety lessons. Typical lesson includes: exercises to help kids adjust to water, basics if they unexpectedly find themselves in water, topics if they see someone in the water who needs help, etc.
The City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department and the YMCA of San Diego County are proud to be collaborating on the inaugural Summer Safety Splash Tour 2019. The tour offers a series of FREE community-based events to help spread water safety awareness and prevent drowning. Come enjoy swim time, water safety activities, resource booths, refreshments and FUN!
- May 25, 2019
Bud Kearns Pool (2229 Morley Field Dr., San Diego)
- June 29, 2019
Border View Family YMCA (3601 Arey Dr., San Diego)
- July 27, 2019
Carmel Valley Pool (3777 Townsgate Dr., San Diego)
ALL EVENT TIMES: 12 – 4p.m.
For more information, visit www.ymca.org/splashtour