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Registration is underway for Splash Week, a free water safety program for any preschool or school-aged child ages 3-12 in the community. The YMCA’s Splash Week program will be held at the Greater Naples YMCA the week of spring break in Collier County, March 11-15, and consists of five 30-minute sessions.
Targeted at both children and parents, the sessions teach water safety skills along with YMCA core character values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Sessions are offered throughout the day to accommodate parents’ schedules: morning, afternoon, and evening sessions are available.
“Enrolling your child in certified water safety lessons such as those offered during the YMCA's Splash Week, plays an integral role in reducing a child's drowning risk,” explains Dr. Todd Vedder, Chair of the Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County. “Water safety lessons not only teach a life saving skill but introduce children to a healthy activity. Physical barriers impeding access to potential water hazards, up to date knowledge of CPR along with water safety lessons engaging both parent & child form the core of effective drown breaking measures.”
The goal of Splash Week is to teach children basic skills so they can be safe around water and at the same time provide public education to parents. The Y hopes to have over 500 children participate in its 2013 program. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Registration will end on Monday, March 4th. Interested parents are encouraged to register today, either online at ymcapalms.org or in person at the Greater Naples YMCA (5450 YMCA Rd, Naples, FL 34109).
To give back and provide support to our neighbors, the Greater Naples YMCA works with the community to provide innovative solutions to community needs. Since water safety has no one simple solution, drowning prevention means creating layers of protection for children and adults. Splash Week is a free drowning prevention initiative led by the YMCA with a goal of teaching children basic skills so they can be safe around water and at the same time providing water safety education to parents.
About the Y:
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcapalms.org