We’re excited to be part of a this new event presented by the new Indy Aquatic Alliance! Enjoy free water safety programs and swim events at 30 locations across Greater Indianapolis throughout the week. All activities are free and open to the public.
See full schedule for all event times and locations.
- Operation Water Safety, Schools Out Party & Make A Splash Day – Indy Parks
- Safety presentations, free swims & Tread-a-thon – Jewish Community Center
- Water safety programs & World’s Largest Swim Lesson – IU Natatorium
- Four, half hour Safety Around Water classes for ages 5-12 from June 17-20 – 6 YMCA locations
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This is the first event hosted by the Indy Aquatic Alliance, which began working together this year to promote the sport of swimming, water safety and fitness and includes these organizations: Indiana Swimming, Indy Parks, Indianapolis Public Schools, IU Natatorium, Jewish Community Center and YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
One person is too many
“One person is too many to die from drowning,” said Chelsea Walls, association director of aquatics for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “The partners in the new Indy Aquatic Alliance believe everyone should learn about water safety and know how to swim. It’s never too late to learn.”
A leading cause of death for youth
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources 2017 Drowning Prevention Report, 50% of drowning deaths occur in the summer months of June, July and August, and the top drowning locations for children were in ponds, pools, lakes, rivers and tubs.
The largest number of drowning deaths in Indiana in 2017 occurred among ages 0-12.
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention reports drowning as the leading cause of death for 1- to 4-year-olds and the second and fourth leading cause of death for ages 5-9 and 10-14, respectively.
Learning and fun
“While it’s so very important to learn about water safety and to know how to swim, swimming is also a fun, lifelong sport and social activity that supports good health. Which is why we’ve planned open swim times and parties to remind everyone that swimming can be safe and fun for all ages.”
We’re excited to be part of the first-ever Indy Water Safety Week presented by the new Indy Aquatic Alliance! Enjoy free water safety programs and swim events at 30 locations across Greater Indianapolis throughout the week. All activities are free and open to the public. And here’s what you can do at the YMCA!
Free Water Safety Classes
To help keep kids safe, we have over 300 spots open for free “Safety Around Water” classes for ages 5-12 from June 17-20 at seven area YMCAs. In four, half-hour classes, the Y’s certified swim instructors will teach children basic safety skills and concepts, such as jump, push, turn, grab and swim, float and swim.
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“America’s Swim Instructor”
Safety Around Water teaches basic water awareness skills, but is not a substitute for learning how to swim. Swim lessons are always available at eight area YMCAs for a fee and at most Y Summer Day Camps. Known as “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y also offers swim teams, clinics, water fitness classes, certifications and training and many more aquatics programs year-round. Scholarships are available for all of these programs.
This class will showcase how to make a basic crème anglaise that you can flavor to your desire and spin in your ice cream maker anytime you or your family needs to cool down.
Can’t eat ice cream? How about a healthier Sorbet made from fresh fruit and molded into popsicles so you can grab one from the freezer anytime you want?
This class will showcase the basic science of these cold and tasty treats, why exactly they need the ratio of ingredients that they need, *ahem* sugar. And how to properly use and care for an ice cream maker.
About Our Instructor:
Kellyn Powers is a graduate of Indiana University, mother of two young girls, and holds an intense fascination with food anthropology; specifically, with how food effects our quality of life, mental and physical health, and how food can be used to improve our relationships within our families and communities.
Kellyn has 15 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry, in the midst of which she graduated from The Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado in 2013. The program focused on “bare-bone” techniques in the kitchen, primarily using a knife, an oven, a whisk and a bowl to concoct all sorts of delicious foods. Outside of the kitchen, Kellyn studied modern agriculture to become more conscious of our food and where it comes from.
Kellyn’s style of cooking is an eclectic mix of healthy comfort food. Just because it is good for you doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste, texture and quality of a meal!
Learn more about the biking community in Downtown Indianapolis with this year’s Bike-in Breakfast series brought to you by the Cycle Commuter Task Force. Our commuter series of Bike-In Breakfasts are underway and available to everyone. Whether you’ve just started biking or you’ve been peddling for years, all levels and stage of cyclists are welcome. Join us all spring, summer, and fall for info sessions and fellowship while learning all about bike commuting here in Indianapolis.
2019 BIKE-IN BREAKFASTS
The Bike-In Breakfast sessions are held from 7 – 8 a.m. on the 3rd Friday of each month, April – October, at the YMCA at the City Market.
- April 26
- May 17 〉 Bike to Work Day at Monument Circle
- June 21
- July 19
- August 16
- September 20 〉 Car Free Day Indy
- October 18
MORE BIKE COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Thursday, March 28, 5 – 7 p.m. 〉 Bike Commuting Kick-Off: Meet the Indy Bike Train Conductors
- Thursday, November 14, 5 – 7 p.m. – Bicycle Commuting Celebration
- Join an Indy Bike Train and commute with a group!
READY TO START YOUR BIKE COMMUTE?
Check out the many Bike Trains from around Central Indiana that will get riders safely Downtown. Indy Bike Trains are held on Bike-in Breakfasts dates (and other dates as indicated by the Bike Train Conductor).
Brought to you by: Cycle Commuter Task Force
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