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Jun
13
Thu
First-Ever Indy Water Safety Week @ Across Central Indiana
Jun 13 – Jun 20 all-day

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.

Event highlights

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
    TIMELOCATIONTOTALREGISTRATION
    10 a.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
    10 a.m.Ransburg Y20Register!
    10 a.m.Witham Y20Register!
    11 a.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
    11 a.m.Hendricks Regional Health Y20Register!
    2:00 p.m.Baxter Y20Register!
    2:00 p.m.Witham Y20Register!
    4:00 p.m.Hendricks Regional Health Y20Register!
    5:00 p.m.
    Benjamin Harrison Y30Register!
    5:45 p.m.Benjamin Harrison Y30 Register!
    6:30 p.m.Benjamin Harrison Y30Register!
    7:00 p.m.Baxter Y20Register!
    7:00 p.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
    7:00 p.m.Ransburg Y20Register!

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.

Indy Aquatic Alliance partners

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

Evie Private Swim Lessons Horizontal Photo Freestyle Breathing 800 Px WideAccording 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.”

Jun
17
Mon
Free Safety Around Water Classes @ 6 area YMCAs
Jun 17 – Jun 20 all-day

Swimming with lifejacketWe’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 six 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.

TIMELOCATIONTOTALREGISTRATION
10 a.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
10 a.m.Ransburg Y20Register!
10 a.m.Witham Y20Register!
11 a.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
11 a.m.Hendricks Regional Health Y20Register!
2:00 p.m.Baxter Y20Register!
2:00 p.m.Witham Y20Register!
4:00 p.m.Hendricks Regional Health Y20Register!
5:00 p.m.
Benjamin Harrison Y30Register!
5:45 p.m.Benjamin Harrison Y30 Register!
6:30 p.m.Benjamin Harrison Y30Register!
7:00 p.m.Baxter Y20Register!
7:00 p.m.Irsay Family Y20Register!
7:00 p.m.Ransburg Y20Register!

“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 teamsclinicswater fitness classescertifications and training and many more aquatics programs year-round. Scholarships are available for all of these programs.