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Water Safety - Parental Support

Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children under 5, and the second-leading cause of accidental death for kids age 5-14.

That’s why the YMCA of Austin is committed to water safety through comprehensive lifeguarding at our pools as well as swim instruction programs. But we can’t do it without your help. Parent vigilance is the best defense against an accidental drowning or near-drowning, even when lifeguards are present.

When your child is swimming in Y pools – or any body of water – please remain committed to watching him or her at all times. To learn more, visit

Our partner organization, Colin’s Hope, even has an online Water Guardian Pledge.

We appreciate your support. Together we can make a difference.

Best Regards,
Bret Kiester
Executive Director of Aquatics
YMCA of Austin