Rye YMCA Blog

May is National Water Safety Month


 Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence. 

  • Research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age.
  • Participation in swimming helps teach children at a young age to strive for physical achievement.
  • Water safety and swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic diseases.
  • Learning to enjoy activities in and around the water nurtures social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.

 The Rye Y is committed to giving our surrounding communities the tools needed to be safe around water through various programs such as:

  • Safety Around Water : Free for non members and members
  • Swim Lesson Program for children and adults
  • Competitive and Non Competitive Swim Team
  • Water Safety Workshops in local community schools for grades Pre K-5  grade
  • Community Water Safety Workshops at various times through the year

In Safety Around Water, kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.

  • Children learn fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go; what to look for in a safe place to swim.
  • Jump/Push/Turn/Grab teaches a child to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back up to the surface while turning to grab the side of the pool.
  • Swim/Float/Swim teaches children to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.

Click here to view a video  about the Rye YMCA Safety Around Water program.

Join us for our upcoming Safety Around Water Workshop June 19-22.  Limited availability, register now!

Ages 3-5, 4:00-4:30pm:  Click here to register.

Ages 6-9, 4:20-5:00pm:  Click here to register

YMCA Swim Lessons

The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.

  • The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909).
  • Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
  • As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools.
  • Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.
  • In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907. 

Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve.

  • The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels.
  • Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.
  • This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

Through competitive aquatics programs, participants experience achievement, feel a sense of belonging and build supportive relationships. 

  • Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
  • Swimming also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing. 

The Rye Y will be hosting a Water Safety Workshop to give families the opportunity to learn more about being safe in and around the water as we approach the summer months! This 2 hour special workshop will be classroom and pool based to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to practice water safety together. Please make note that children must be accompanied by a caregiver to attend the event. This workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, babysitters, etc. that would like to learn more about how they can be safe around water.

Saturday, May 12 from 2:00-4:00pm

Pre-registration is required, spots are limited.  Click here to register.

The Rye Y is also committed to the safety of all of our patrons through various trainings for our Aquatics staff!

  • All lifeguards are certified in American Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR/First Aid
  • Various opportunities for training throughout the year
  • Required in service trainings


Changes Coming – Safety First!

Safety is the #1 reason why every person entering the Rye Y must CHECK IN.

Everyone entering the Y MUST check in at the Member Services Desk.

ALL members must check in using their membership card, the Rye Y app or last name.
ALL others must check in using a sign-in sheet.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone at the Rye Y safe!
Click below to download our free mobile app:
iPhone users – Download on the App Store
Android users – Get it on Google Play
Member Services staff will help you enter your membership barcode in the app.