Berkshire Family YMCA
292 North Street | Pittsfield,MA 01201
P.413-499-7650 | F.413-443-6791

Water Safety Tips

Parent Information for Water Safety


Berkshire Family YMCA swim programs help youth get ready for summer 

Programs offer a mix of fun, physical activity and safety to create a lifelong love of swimming

[Berkshire County, May 19, 2017]: As the season turns from winter to spring, the Berkshire Family YMCA encourages children and parents in Berkshire County to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.

“Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children,” said Randy Kinnas, CEO and Executive Director, Berkshire Family YMCA. “Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career.”

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the Berkshire Family YMCA encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming – beginning with water safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:

  • Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
  • Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
  • Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Berkshire Family YMCA has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 130 years. The Y continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including youth swim lessons, family swim, open swim, adult lap lanes, Swim Team. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

To learn more about the Berkshire Family YMCA’s swim programs, please call 413-499-7650 or visit

About the Berkshire Family YMCA

The Berkshire Family YMCA has two branches: the Pittsfield branch at 292 North Street in Pittsfield and the Northern Berkshire Branch at 22 Brickyard Court in North Adams. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.