Drowning Down by Half


New 2016 data shows the drowning rate among children in Hillsborough County, ages 0-6, is down by 50 percent. This reduction in childhood drowning is encouraging news to the Tampa Y collaborating with several partners, such as the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, to help eliminate local drowning cases.


One of the Y’s most impactful drowning prevention programs is the free Safety Around Water program offered to the community during Hillsborough County’s Spring Break. This week, certified instructors at nine Y centers are teaching 567 children a sequenced set of skills to reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water.


“Seventy-one percent of the world is water and kids are 100 percent curious,” says Association Aquatics Experience Executive Amanda Walker. “The Tampa YMCA believes a child’s safety in and around water should never be left to chance. We’re committed to providing the free Safety Around Water program annually in the spring to help keep kids stay safe at the beach, pool and lake.”


Safety Around Water is a free annual program open to swimmers and non-swimmers alike, ages 3-12 years. YMCA membership is NOT required. For more information and water safety tips, click here.

Pictured above: 

South Tampa Y instructor Jocelyn Barrera teaching John and Elina Boosalis for a Safety Around Water Course.

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