The YMCA of Natrona County reminds residents to be safe around water

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 5:34 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With Labor Day weekend coming up, The YMCA of Natrona County wants to remind parents and children to stay safe near water.

“Drowning is the leading cause of death for children the ages of one to four in the United States right now. So you just want to make sure that you always have eyes on your kids and teach them how to float on their backs and grab onto walls and just anything you can do to keep them drown-proofed,” said Stephanie Clark-Sleep, the Aquatics Director for the YMCA of Natrona County.

The Y encourages parents to teach their children how to back float. Even if your child knows how to swim, it is recommended to check in on them, especially in the summer heat. Life jackets are always encouraged in rivers and lakes. It is important to keep an eye on your child at all times. If you are at a pool with a lifeguard, be sure your child is familiar with where they are.

The YMCA of Natrona County offers swim lessons for all ages. The lessons focus on water safety and the physical skill work.

“We’re land-locked, but we have lakes and pond and rivers and there’s pools everywhere. It’s just really important with as prevalent as drowning is of an issue that everybody learns at least a little bit how to rescue themselves, how to swim a little bit, at least enough to rescue them or somebody else,” said Clark-Sleep.

Swim lessons at the Y begin September 13th.

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