Water Safety
Penguin City Swim

Water Safety

Swimming is the most popular summer activity.

Why wouldn’t it be? Pools are fun!

What could be more fun than splashing around in the pool on a hot afternoon? Playing at the beach, at a water park, by a lake, or in a pool is great exercise and creates lasting family memories. But, drowning is a real danger. In fact, drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of fourteen.

What many people fail to realize, is that drowning happens fast and is often silent. A weak or non-swimmer who stumbles and is unable to touch the bottom can quickly start to drown. A person in trouble often cannot move the few feet to safety or call for help. Therefore, teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Strong swimmers are at less risk of serious mishaps in than poor swimmers, but even a good swimmer can drown. This is because many drownings involve people never planned to enter the water. Also, many victims underestimate the risks or overestimate their ability because they don’t know how to assess the conditions in and around the water. Therefore, in addition to swim lessons, children and their guardians need to learn water competency.

Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity.

Water competency means being able to anticipate, avoid, and survive common drowning situations, as well as being able to recognize and provide assistance to those in need. It includes water safety awareness, basic swimming skills, and helping others.

The American Red Cross publishes and maintains a comprehensive list of safe practices here (https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/swim-safety.html). In short it is important to:

Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and to always swim with a buddy. Do not allow anyone to swim alone.

Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.

Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water. Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach.

If a child is missing, check the water first! Seconds count. Have appropriate reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, and a first aid kit at hand. Know how to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Make sure backyard pools have approved four-sided fencing and gates to prevent a child from wandering into the pool area. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. As a parent or caregiver, you shouldn’t keep your children on the side. You must equip them with the right tools to be safe and confident in and around water so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends, and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.

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