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Safety Around Water

Goal: To prevent accidental drowning in children age 1-18 by teaching them how to be safe around water

Total Project Value: $2,500

Project End Date: 1/8/2019

Status: Amount Given: $3,110 | Goal Amount: $2,500


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Nick, Jacksonville, FL

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 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 (SAW)?
SAW is composed of eight 40-minute sessions to reduce the risk of drowning by giving your child confidence in and around water. It is a program we are able to offer for free based on children/schools eligibility in the free/reduced lunch programs. Children ages 6-12 are eligible. Five-year-olds are eligible if they are enrolled in elementary school. This program is funded through grants, partnerships and our Annual Fundraising Campaign. It is geared for unintended entries into the water and safety. Our goal is that if a child falls in, they can swim, float swim, tread, and exit the water. The levels build on skill sequences to enable a child to help save themselves or tread/float long enough for help to arrive.

A typical Safety Around Water 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 over the next three years – 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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