From Books to Bubbles: Safe Kids at the YMCA

Monday, March 26, 2018

It sounds just a bit like summer camp on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Y this spring. That infusion of youthful energy come from the Frank Porter Graham Elementary 2nd graders who are coming to the Chapel Hill - Carrboro YMCA pool as part of their school day.

At the Y, we're dedicated to preventing childhood drownings in our community. With that goal in mind, we're hosting over 125 students each week to teach them critical skills to be safe in and around water. Certified instructors teach Y USA's Safety Around Water curriculum. 

Aquatics Coordinator Seattle Kiser shares, “We are so excited to have this opportunity to serve our kids in the community! We believe that every child should have the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe around water. We hope to give each child not only water safety skills, but confidence in water that will last a lifetime.” 

We're extremely grateful for the staff and volunteers who have brought this program to life.

Volunteer instructor Karen Vandersea was one of those devoted volunteers, motivated by making a difference and preventing drownings. Karen shares: "This program is amazing! It was exciting to see the progress that the children made in just a few weeks of lessons. Many started with little (or no) familiarity with water, yet they were safely swimming by the end of the program. Even better, every single child had a lot of fun!" 

For more information on how you can donate to or volunteer with this program, please contact