You can teach your child this easy-to-learn tip this Summer! After learning this tip, your child will know how to assist someone if they are struggling in the water.
Did you know your child can do more than just learn how to swim at the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South? The Y will not only teach your child the basics of swimming, but they will also teach them important skills to make sure they stay safe around the pool.
Unfortunately, every year there are a number of children who struggle with swimming and swimming safety, and the statistics show it. According to research from the YMCA, on average in the United States, there are 2 youth drownings per day. To add to that, 88% of children who drown each year are actually under adult supervision, and 60% of youth drownings occur within just 10 feet of safety.
If you’re not sure if your child knows this basic safety tip to follow around the pool this summer, watch this video and learn how easy it is to teach them a skill that could help save their life, or even the life of someone else!
Reach or throw, don’t go!
If your child sees someone struggling in the water, it’s important for them to learn NOT to swim out to try and help that person. While that may seem like the logical thing to do, someone who is struggling in the water could panic and pull you under with them.
Instead, teach your child the “Reach or throw, don’t go” motto. If someone is struggling in the pool, tell them to grab an object they can use to reach out to their friend and pull them back to safety. They can use a pool noodle, a towel, or anything nearby that they can reach or throw out to the person who is struggling.
You should also instruct your child that when they reach out with the object, they need to try to get as low to the ground as possible, even if they have to lay on their belly. This will give them more leverage to pull in the struggling person.
More Safety Tips from the YMCA
While this is an easy safety tip to teach your kids at home, the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South offers classes all Summer long that will educate your child even more about swimming and water safety. For more information from the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South, head over to their website and check it out!