YMCA kicks off pool safety program

Safety program aims to teach kids life-saving techniques.

ORANGE Co., Fla. – YMCA celebrates 10 years of teaching Central Florida kids, teens and adults life-saving water techniques.

The Y will mark the official opening of pool season by paying special recognition to Safe Start, its innovative prevention program that aims to reduce child drowning.

Safe Start teaches survival swimming techniques to children from six months to six-years-old, and provides children with a foundation to safely enjoy Florida's abundant access to water, which includes swimming pools, freshwater lakes, rivers and springs, and Central Florida beaches.

Certified instructors provide one-on-one lessons to children over the course of six weeks to prepare them for the unexpected in any aquatic situation. Parents are also are taught important water safety precautions to help lower their family's risk for accidental drowning.

The Y will recount the successes of its Safe Start program, which is offered in partnership with Infant Swimming Resource and Dr. Phillips Charities, as well as provide an overview of exciting aquatics events and programs for the pool season.

An event is being held at 3 p.m. on Thursday where parents and children can watch a Safe Start lesson demonstration at YMCA Aquatics Center 8422 International Drive in Orlando.