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Swim Safety Program Provided to Centennial Second Graders through Y’s Second Grade Initiative Program

05.24.2016

2nd grade RCentral Bucks Family YMCA Warminster has partnered with Centennial School District to ensure that all second graders in the Warminster area are safe around water by the time they graduate the second grade. The program was funded through a $6,000 grant provided by Y of the USA, the national governing body of YMCAs.

In April, 315 youth from Centennial School District were evaluated, in alignment with the Y-USA Safety Around Water rubric. Youth qualified for the next phase of the program based on their ability to jump into the pool and pull themselves into a float position, to use their arms for forward motion on their front and back and get themselves safely to the wall. Of the over 300 youth tested, 219 qualified for the initiative and twenty-five (about 10% of those tested) received four weeks of water safety lessons meant to provide them with basic techniques in floating and water safety practices. The lessons are provided free to the community.

Based on the evaluations, the 7-and-8 year olds who qualify will receive water safety lessons with graduation goals to include treading water for 20 seconds, performing a safe, basic rescue from the edge, swimming 10 yards using their arms and getting into and holding a back float position for 20 seconds. During the classes, children

will be taught how to be safety conscious around water and when to yell for help. The lessons are provided free to those who qualify.

“The Y has a long history of aquatics development,” said Kevin Crail, branch director of Warminster YMCA. “We’re proud to work toward water safety for all youth and aim to reverse drowning statistics at this age.”

The program was funded through a $6,000 grant provided by Y of the USA, the national governing body of YMCAs. The Y is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of life in the community where it is located.