|Lima YMCA offers SPLASH next week|
|Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 PM|
LIMA — The Lima Family YMCA wants to teach children to be safe in, on and around water by offering SPLASH: A Learn to Swim Safe week June 2-6 to children ages 6 and up various times throughout the day.
The schedule is as follows: Class 1: 9-9:45 a.m.; Class 2: 10-10:45 a.m.; Class 3: 11-11:45 a.m.; Class 4: 1-1:45 p.m.; Class 5: 2-2:45 p.m.; Class 6: 3-3:45 p.m.; Class 7: 5-5:45 p.m.; Class 08: 6-6:45 p.m.
Junior SPLASH is for ages 3-5 and only has spots remaining from 12:30-1 p.m.
A recent American Red Cross survey states 39 percent of parents of children ages 4-17 report that their child can perform all five of these basic water safety skills:
1. Floating or treading water for one minute without a flotation device;
2. Stepping or jumping into water over your head and returning to the surface;
3. Treading water or floating in a full circle and then finding a way out of the water;
4. Exiting a pool without using a ladder;
5. Swimming 25 yards (the length of a standard pool) without stopping.
It is essential to being able to help yourself in a pool or open-water emergency. While 92 percent say that their child is likely to participate in water activities this summer, only 20 percent of parents expect that their child will take swimming lessons this summer.
A CDC report released last week noted that about 21,000 children and young adults drowned from 1999 through 2010, and that drowning is responsible for more deaths among children aged 1-4 years than any other cause except birth defects. For people aged 29 and younger, drowning is one of the top three causes of unintentional injury death.