Stay safe this summer and enroll in swim classes
In addition to keeping yourself hydrated during the summer heat, head to the water, where you will be cooled off while having fun!
However, know that pools and beaches can be a dangerous place, especially for those who don't know how to swim, so the Greater LaGrange YMCA has some tips on how to stay safe while in or near the water.
The YMCA offers numerous swim classes including parent/child under age 3; 3-6 years without parent; kindergarten through 8th grade for youth or advanced; adult; and private or semi-private swim lessons. In addition, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago offers swim lessons at locations across Chicagoland that give children, and people of all ages, the skills they need to enjoy the water while staying safe. Although the roles of lifeguards and supervisors are extremely important, the ability to swim is the number one way to prevent water accidents. In 2011, the Y of Metro Chicago taught more than 17,600 people how to swim – including 896 at the pools that partner with the Greater LaGrange YMCA. For your convenience, summer swim lessons through the Greater LaGrange YMCA are available at three locations: the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, the William Tell in Countryside and Riverside Brookfield High School.
To have a fun and safe summer in the water, always follow these tips:
- Never swim alone.
- Follow all pool/beach rules.
- Wear appropriate sun protection.
- Always wear a personal flotation device if you don’t know how to swim or are on a boat.
- Above all, learning to swim is the most important safety precaution anyone can take to ensure water safety.
The Y’s swim lessons, available for anyone six months and older, are unique in the sense that they don’t only teach the strokes, but rescue skills and how to be safe as well, developing a healthy respect for the water in its swimmers. The Y offers 12 different swim lesson programs, differing by age and skill level, as well as swim teams, water sports, water fitness and recreational programs.
For more information on the Y’s swim programs, visit http://www.ymcachicago.org/programs/swimming or call 708-352-7600.