YMCA SPLASH program teaches kids water safety

YMCA SPLASH program teaches kids water safety
(Source: WTOL)
(Source: WTOL)

PERRYSBURG, OH (WTOL) - With weather in the 90s, your kids are bound to beg you for some pool time. Before they hit the water, experts say, make sure your kids are strong swimmers.

Hundreds of kids are getting comfortable in the water this week during the YMCA's Splash program.

"I think it's a good program. It's free. It's teaching them a lot about water safety and they love it," said Alisha McCreary, whose five year-old twin daughters are among the 350 kids, ages three to 12, enrolled in the program in Perrysburg this week.

McCreary says she wanted to make sure her daughters were confident in the water.

"They've been bugging me," she said. "We go to a lot of water parks and they just kind of splash around but I want them to really know how to swim."

It's for good reason. The YMCA says there are ten drownings a day and that's why its offering the free program, teaching young kids things like how to properly get in and out of the water. The older kids are learning swim strokes.

"We want to help with water safety and prevent drownings and also teach the parents, you know, lessons in how to help get their kids out of the water. Help them prepare how to swim as well," said Kacy Myers with the Fort Meigs YMCA.

McCreary says in just the first few hours of the program, her kids are already getting more confident in the water.

"They dipped their heads under the water. I know they were a little scared at first, but the girls are really good with them. I can tell they're a little more at ease already," McCreary said.

Registration is closed for this week's program, but you can still get your kids signed up for swim lessons, which start at all YMCA branches next week. Registration online here. You can also call or drop by any local branch.

Below is a list of SPLASH program locations:

  • Eastern Community YMCA, Oregon
  • Perrysburg City Pool
  • Francis Family YMCA, Temperance, MI
  • West Toledo YMCA
  • Wolf Creek YMCA

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