Water Safety Can Be a Matter of Life and Death

In a world that 71% water and children are 100% curious in addition to living in a river town, it is critical that children and families know how to be safe around water. The Dubuque Y is thrilled to announce we have received a grant from the YUSA that will allow us to bring a “Safety Around Water” Program to Dubuque.

This program is not a typical swimming lesson, rather it is centered around how to be safe around ponds, rivers, pools, and other bodies of water as well as how to save yourself if something were to happen. The program will also teach participants what drowning looks like and what to do if you see it happening to someone else. Our goal is to partner with other community organizations that work with kids and families specifically targeting those who may not have access to swimming lessons.

According to the CDC between 2005 and 2014 “there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boated related) annually in the United States – about ten deaths per day.” “About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.” Not to mention that “For every one child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”

It is CRITICAL that parents and children know how to be safe around water – especially when living in a river town, know what drowning looks like, and know how to save themselves if ever in a position where they need to. As a community organization focused on building healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, the Dubuque Y is excited to be bringing this life saving program to Dubuque. We anticipate starting to run this program in spring/summer. To get involved, please reach out to Ben Loeffelholz, Associate Executive Director.

For more information, call 563 556-3371.

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