About one in five people who die from drowning in the U.S. are children 14 and younger.

Among those aged 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes

SPLASH is a water safety and instructional swimming program offered at the Salina Family YMCA to our local area 2nd graders, at no cost to schools or parents. It has been shown that one way to help reduce drowning incidents among children ages 5 through 12 is to teach water safety education in elementary schools and other youth programs. Learning to swim is the foundation for staying safe in, on and around the water.

Splash instructors spend one hour in each classroom presenting and discussing a variety of water safety topics, using videos and activities that educate and engage students. These classroom sessions are designed to increase awareness of safety around water and promote healthy water activities. After the classroom session, students are bused to the Y to learn in-water skills designed to increase confidence in and around water, teach swimming skills at different levels of experience, practice what to do in a water emergency, and have lots of fun!