K. William Boyer
Devils Lake Journal

 Special to Devils Lake News Journal

Grand Forks, ND – The Altru Family YMCA is offering free Safety Around Water classes May 17-20. The classes are free and open to the children in the community, ages 3-12 who have not participated in formal swim lessons.

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Spring is here and summer is right around the corner. Open water is everywhere – in ponds, pools, lakes, rivers, streams – and children are curious. Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury - it is a necessity.

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

This 4-day course, taught by a certified instructor, can reduce the risk of drowning and give kids the confidence in and around water. A typical session includes:

·        Exercises to help children adjust to being in water

·        Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim”

·        A fun game to encourage comfort and activity around water

K. William Boyer is the Managing Editor of the Devils Lake News Journal. He can be reached at, or by phone at (701) 662-2127.  

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