Ragsdale YMCA to Host “Safety Around Water” Series for Area Youth

The May 22nd-26th series will feature five swim lessons for only $5

Jamestown, NC – The Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA will host the 5th Annual “Safety Around Water” series for area youth, May 22nd-26th.  The popular program helps to ensure that water safety instruction and swim lessons are accessible to all community youth, aged 3-15.  The cost for the five sessions is only $5.


May is water safety awareness month, a good time for families to evaluate whether they are prepared for a summer of fun by the water.  According to the CDC, three children die from drowning each day in the United States.  Most drownings are preventable, yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that drowning is the second leading cause of deaths for kids age 5-14 and 88% of children who drown, do so under adult supervision (source: Safe Kids Worldwide).  Drowning deaths are especially prevalent among minorities.  A USA Swimming Foundation national research study revealed that African American children aged 5-14 are three times more likely to drown than their Caucasian peers.  Furthermore, 70% of African American children cannot swim, compared to 60% of Hispanic children and 40% of Caucasian children.


Given these staggering statistics, the YMCA believes that all children should have access to water safety instruction.  “This particular program reaches out to the community to support all children, including those who may not have the financial ability to participate in swim lessons year- round,” says Justine Intiso, aquatics director at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA. “Participants learn about boat safety, water park safety, beach safety, and backyard pool safety and will also be introduced to beginning swimming skills.”


“Safety Around Water” runs May 22nd – 26th at the Mary Perry Ragsdale YMCA, located at 900 Bonner Drive in Jamestown.  Session times are: ages 3-5, 5:30 pm-6:10 pm; ages 6-12, 6:15pm-7:30 pm; and ages 13-15, 6:15pm-7:30 pm.  Class Space is limited to 20 participants per time slot and pre-registration is required. Coinciding with the program, the Ragsdale YMCA will be collecting dental supplies such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss and mouthwash during the May 22nd-26th period to benefit Back Pack Beginnings, a program that provides meals and hygiene supplies to low-income children in the Guilford County School Systems.  For more information, please visit ragsdaleymca.org or contact Justine Intiso, aquatics director at 336-882-9622 or Justine.Intiso@ymcagreensboro.org