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Safety Around Water (SAW)

Goal: Prevent drowning in children across the First Coast!

Total Project Value: $2,500

Project End Date: 1/1/2018   (134 days remaining)

Status: Amount Given: $3,000 | Goal Amount: $2,500

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Project Description

71% of the World is Water
Children Are 100% Curious

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The YMCA’s Safety Around Water swim lessons program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

What Is Safety Around Water?
Through learning how to perform a sequenced set of skills over eight lessons of 40 minutes each, the risk of drowning is reduced and gives your child confidence in and around water.

A typical YMCA swim lesson session includes:

Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water.

Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water.

Specific safety topics like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help.

Fun activities that reinforce skills.

Help us prevent drowning on the First Coast! According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida loses more children under age five to drowning that any other state.

With the help of generous donors, our goal is to provide Safety Around Water lessons to 5,000 at-risk children on the First Coast – regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Please consider the following gift amounts:

$60 to sponsor one child
$600 to sponsor 10 children
$1,200 to sponsor an entire classroom

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