Capital Region YMCA’s teaching students how to swim and save lives

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – May is “National Safety around Water Month” and as part of that, local YMCA’s held a kickoff event.

About 60 kids were from Hamilton Elementary School’s third and fourth grade classes were at the YMCA in Schenectady.

The event teaches kids how to perform CPR skills if they had to save one of their friends’ or classmates’ lives and how to save themselves from the water if they don’t know how to swim. They learned the important of wearing life jackets and much more. CPR kids

“It’s so important that we get out there and we teach this, because drowning is the second leading cause of death for young children.  We want to make sure that we can take care of that and help out as much as possible,” said Jennifer Behrens Hirtle, Capital District YMCA.

All YMCA branches will be holding a special safety night on June 10 where people can go to any of the Y’s branches to take part in any of the pool safety events.

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