YMCA staff teaches children water safety

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. — May is National Water Safety Month, and YMCA staff members from around the Capital Region came to East Greenbush to help teach kids how to be safe in water.

Third and fourth graders from the Menands School District took part in Splash this afternoon.

Splash is the name of the Capital District YMCA’s water safety initiative, which teaches children the importance of water safety.

East Greenbush YMCA Aquatics Director Molly Moran says it is very important to show youngsters the necessary tools to prevent them from drowning, because anything can happen at any time.

“We really like to give these kids the opportunity to learn how to swim and put them in an aquatic environment and really see what it’s all about. Drowning doesn’t look like it does in the movies. You’re not waving your hands in the air. It’s very quiet, its three to five seconds and you’re at the bottom of the pool and in need of help,” she said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die a day from drowning, and one out of five are 14-years old and younger.

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