Safety Facts
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Safety Facts


The Good News

Studies published by the Children’s Safety Network indicate that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning in 1- to 4-year-old children by 88%

The Unfortunate Facts

  • According to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning.
  • The Children’s Safety Network reports that, of preschoolers who drown, the vast majority (70 percent) are in the care of at least one parent.
  • Most drownings happen in home pools. 98 percent of preschoolers who drown, do so in the child’s pool or the pool of a friend, neighbor or relative. (National Center for Injury Prevention & Control)
  • The likelihood of drowning in natural water settings (lakes, oceans, and rivers) increases with age (CDC)
  • For every child who drowns, another four are hospitalized, and 16 receive emergency department care for near-drowning. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • In the most severe cases, near drowning may lead to brain damage, memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (vegetative state) (CDC)
  • 4% of children hospitalized for near drowning are transferred to rehabilitation hospitals (NIS)


The Risks & How to Manage Them

The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.

  • Many adults and children report that they can’t swim. Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning for all age groups.
  • Barriers, such as pool fencing, prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers’ awareness. A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

Drowning can happen quickly and quietly anywhere there is water.  Close Supervision is required.  Parents of young swimmers should learn CPR, first-aid, and rescue techniques. An emergency action plan and phone should be kept by the pool at all times.


5 Convenient Locations in Manhattan 

E 66th Street

Lenox Hill

333 East 66th Street

New York, NY 10065


3:00 pm - 5:45 pm

(Holiday Feb 18)

Pool Type: Wading pool ideal for small


Temperature: 86 degrees

Rules and Regulations: Presented upon registration


E 50th Street

St. Bart's Church

109 E 50th street

New York, NY 10022


6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


3:15 pm – 4:45 pm


6:45 am – 7:45 am (Masters)

Pool Type: Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature: 83-86 degrees

Rules and Regulations: Presented upon registration




E 91st Street

New York Sports Club

1637 Third Ave 
(NE corner of 91st st)

New York, NY 10128


3:30 pm - 6:30 pm


3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Pool Type: Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature: 82 degrees

Rules and Regulations: Presented upon registration




E 86th Street

Yorkshire Towers

305 East 86th Street
(NE corner of 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10128


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pool Type: Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature: 82 degrees

Rules and Regulations: Presented upon registration




E 96th Street

The Monterey

175 East 96th street

New York, NY 10129


3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pool Type: Two Lane Lap Pool

Temperature: 84 degrees

Rules and Regulations: Presented upon registration



Please contact us to learn more how our programs help keep children safe in the water and help adults build confidence in their skills