300 sessions available May 29 – July 5

Summer is almost here. Soon, pools will open and boating season will begin. To help keep kids safe, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering dozens of free “Safety Around Water” classes from May 29 – July 5 at five YMCAs. Partially funded by a combined $15,000 grant from Y-USA, classes are open to the public and for children in low-income households.

In the half-hour to hour-long 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, as well as what to do if they:

  • Fall into water
  • See someone else in trouble around water
  • Tire during swimming

FREE Water Safety Classes!

May 29–June 1Jordan Y754-4:30 PM317-253-3206
May 29–June 1Witham Y in Lebanon504 & 7 PM3-12765-483-9622
June 4-7Ransburg Y754-4:30 PM6-12317-357-8441
June 4-7Hendricks Regional Health Y205-5:40 PM5-13317-273-9622
July 2, 3, 5Irsay Family Y754-4:30 PM3-18317-955-9622

While not funded through the grant, the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA will also provide four free, 40-minute Safety Around Water classes June 4 – 7. Additional swim programs will be offered throughout the year with funds from the grant.

“Swimming is a life skill,” says Nicole Hagemeyer, aquatics director, Jordan YMCA. “It’s fun, refreshing, builds confidence—and saves lives.”

Scary Statistics

Understanding safety around water and knowing how to swim can be the difference between life and death. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Nearly 4,000 reported deaths in 2016 were due to drowning, 67 of these fatalities were in Indiana.
  • Fatal drowning remains the leader in unintentional deaths for children under age four.
  • African American children between ages 5 and 19 are 5.5 times more likely to drown than Caucasian children the same age.

“America’s Swim Instructor”

The Y’s national Safety Around Water program 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 some Y Summer Day Camps. Scholarships are available. Known as “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y also offers swim teamsclinicswater fitness classescertifications and training and many more aquatics programs year-round.


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Media Contact: Christy Glesing, sr. director of public relations