YMCA targets drownings
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 04, 2018 - Get Involved

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The YMCA of Okanagan is doing what it can to prevent drownings.

The organization is holding a “first-month free” offer at its three Kelowna community centres: Kelowna Family Y, Downtown Y, and the H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre.

The YMCA’s children and family program registration is now open. Swim lessons are included with every child membership, because the YMCA believes it is critical for everyone to learn about water safety and take preventative measures when near water.

According to the 2018 Canadian Drowning Report, which was prepared by the Drowning Prevention Research Centre, 67 per cent of drownings occurred from May to September, and 88 per cent of children’s drownings were a result of absent or distracted supervision.

More information about YMCA programs, including swimming lessons, can be found at ymcaokangan.ca or by calling 250-491-9622.

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