2nd Grade Swim Initiative:
A YMCA Safety Around Water Initiative
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.
Over the past two years, Central Bucks Family YMCA has been pleased to partner with both the Central Bucks School District and Centennial School District to provide free swim testing to 2nd graders. During the in-water testing, students are evaluated in alignment with the Y-USA Safety Around Water rubric. Youth qualify for the next phase of the program based on their ability to enter 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.
The 7-and-8 year old youth who qualify 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.