YMCA launching program to help teach kids water safety

The YMCA has launched a water safety program aimed at reducing drowning deaths this summer.

Studies show that 2 children die every day from drowning. African American and Hispanic children are far more likely to be victims.

The Y's program is aimed at helping kids learn the essential skills and confidence to be safe in the water.

"One of them is 'jump, push, grab' - the idea that if a child were to fall in the water, they know how to get themselves up to the surface, turn toward the edge of the pool and grab on to climb out. And the 2nd skill is 'swim, float, swim'," said Lindsay Mondick, YMCA Director of Aquatics.

"Swim, Float, Swim" helps kids swim to safety without exhausting themselves.

The Y says adults need to be water-safe too and it has programs for them.

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