According to the CDC, every day about ten people die from
unintentional drowning. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of
unintentional injury death in the United States.
One in five
people who die from drowning are 14 and younger. For every child who
dies from drowning, another 5 receive emergency department care for
nonfatal submersion injuries. From there, more than 50 percent of
drowning victims treated in emergency departments require
hospitalization or transfer for further care. These nonfatal drowning
injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term
disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and
permanent loss of basic functioning (vegetative state).
has found there are many tips you can use to provide safe swimming for
your family. Having swimming skills help. Taking part in formal swimming
lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years
old. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons,
constant, careful supervision when children are in the water is still
Seconds count-learn CPR. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown
to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly
CPR is started, the better chance of improved outcomes. Life jackets
can reduce risk. Potentially, half of all boating deaths might be
prevented with the use of life jackets.
Air-filled or foam toys
are not safety devices. Air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings,”
“noodles,” or inner-tubes, are not a replacement for life jackets. These
are designed as toys, not safety devices. There are many benefits to
swimming and safety is something that should not be taken too lightly.
YMCA hosts swimming lessons year round with the most current mini
session beginning June 3 –June 12. The Y also offers private lessons for
children and adults who are interested in learning to swim in a
confidential setting. All of our swim and private lessons are taught by
Red Cross Certified instructors with over 120 years of combined
To register please call the YMCA at (419) 238-0443, stop at the front desk or online at www.vwymca.org.