Plunge Into Swim Season with YSplash Week!

The YMCA of Greater New York’s Free, Week-Long Celebration of Swimming Safety and Fun Gets NYC Kids Ready for Summer

Kids take a dip in the family pool in the brand new Rockaway YMCA at Arverne by the Sea - just one of 19 YMCA locations offering free basic water safety and swim programs during YSplash Week. (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--As the City begins to thaw, the YMCA of Greater New York plunges into the season with YSplash – a free, week-long celebration of swimming that encourages safety and health at the beach, pool, or water park. YSplash helps people of all ages, especially children and their parents or guardians, learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices. Learning how to swim and be safe in and around water builds confidence and self-esteem that applies to other parts of life.

Through YSplash, we offer classes throughout the week at 19 branches of the YMCA of Greater New York located throughout the five boroughs – including our two brand new facilities in the beachfront communities of Coney Island and the Rockaways. The classes cover various age groups and swimming abilities. Registration for YSplash begins on March 31, 2014.

While participating in the program, young people learn about the Y's four core values: respect, responsibility, honesty and caring and learn about the Y's holistic approach to living – combining spirit, mind and body.

“YMCAs have traditionally been the places where young people learned not only swimming skills, but also the importance of safely in and around the water to prevent injury,” says Lori Rose Benson, Vice President of Healthy Lifestyles. “That’s why YSplash is so important, because it teaches kids basic swimming skills and safe practices, so they can have fun in the water.”

As the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization, and one of the country’s most trusted providers of aquatics programs, the YMCA of Greater New York offers the following helpful tips to help parents keep their children safe and injury-free in the water this summer:




Get ‘Em While They’re Young: Teach children to be comfortable in the water and educate parents about water safety.



Active Supervision, Barriers, and Sightlines: Always actively supervise children when they’re both in and around the water; ensure that pools are secured with appropriate barriers; and require young children to be within arm’s reach of a guardian. Be sure to swim within designated areas that are within sight of guardians and certified lifeguards.



Who’s Your Buddy?: Never let children swim alone; always designate swimming buddies or ensure that children are within arm’s reach of an adult in the water before visiting the beach or pool.



Don’t Be Pushy: Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool.



Suit Up!: Make sure children always wear life jackets during all boating activities and use proper water safety and coastguard approved flotation devices.



Stay Hydrated: Ensure that kids drink plenty of fluids to stay properly hydrated, especially on hot days.



Get Certified: Become certified in infant and child First Aid and CPR.



Wear Sunscreen: Protect your skin from sun burn and sunstroke by wearing hats and sunglasses and applying sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and limiting direct exposure to sunlight for prolonged periods of time.



Join the YMCA of Greater New York!: YSplash Week, from April 14 - 19 through provides free water safety and beginner swim instruction to get New York City kids ready for summer. Learn more at

“Swimming and water sports are some of the best exercises people can do, and ones that can be enjoyed into old age,” says Benson. “The Y is proud to earn its reputation as America’s swim coach and looks forward to teaching a new generation of New York kids how to safely enjoy the water.”

To learn more about how to get involved and give back at the Y, visit

About the YMCA of Greater New York

The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 500,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit @ymcanyc


YMCA of Greater New York
Ellen Murphy, 212-630-9699

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New York City YMCA announces YSplash, a free week-long water safety and swim instruction program for kids in NYC.


YMCA of Greater New York
Ellen Murphy, 212-630-9699