Stay safe by the water this summer

  • Date: 20 November 2013
  • Category: News
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At the Y, we want everyone to be safe around water. Whether you’re in our centres, on holidays, by the pool or at the beach, we have developed some tips to keep you and your family safe this summer:

  • Know your and your childrens’ swimming ability. Swimming is an important life skill that can save your life.  You don’t have to be the next James Magnussen, but basic survival skills learnt in swimming lessons make a difference. Many YMCAs provide swimming lessons for all ages and abilities. Remember, it’s never too late to learn how to swim!
  • Get familiar with the water. Oceans and bays have individual tides and currents which are dangerous. Ask a lifeguard about the water and always swim between the flags.
  • Supervise your children at all times. Children under ten should be kept close so you are able to respond quickly.
  • Keep in mind that lifeguards are working a ratio of 1:100.
  • Get qualified! Everyone should consider whether they want to have up-to-date CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training. It’s a skill that could save a life. Did you know it’s recommended two breaths to 30 chest compressions?
  • Be prepared for all situations. Completing a lifeguard course not only give you self-awareness in aquatic situations, but also the skills to help others if the need arises. Being a lifeguard is a rewarding and diverse role. 

To find out more about YMCA Swimming Lessons, visit