YMCA of Greater Brandywine Shares Crucial Water Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

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WEST CHESTER, PA — As Memorial Day weekend approaches, signaling the start of swim season, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine (YGBW) is urging families to prioritize water safety. With data from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance highlighting that drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, YGBW aims to change this alarming statistic by offering vital water safety tips.

1. Ask First

Drowning often happens silently and swiftly. Teach children to always ask for permission before going near water. Ensure they understand the importance of checking with an adult first.

2. Bring a Buddy

Always supervise children when they are swimming. Encourage them to swim only in areas with a lifeguard or where a responsible adult is watching without distractions.

3. Stay an Arm Away

Keep children within arm’s reach whenever they are near water, whether during bath time or at the pool. Close supervision is crucial.

4. Don’t Hold Your Breath

Avoid breath-holding activities. It can be dangerous for both adults and children to hold their breath for long periods while swimming.

5. Life Vest is Best

Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. This applies to all activities in or near water.

6. Reach, Throw, Don’t Go!

If someone is struggling in deep water, resist the urge to jump in. Instead, use a long object to reach out and pull them to safety. This method prevents rescuers from being pulled under by a panicked swimmer.

As swim season kicks off, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine stresses the importance of these safety measures to ensure a fun and safe summer for all. Follow these guidelines to protect your family and enjoy the water responsibly. For more information on water safety, visit the official YMCA of Greater Brandywine website.

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