Free Safety Around Water Classes At Yarrow Family YMCA

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January 29, 2024
Registration will open on February 12 for Safety Around Water (SAW) classes at the Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village. The free, six-session program provides water safety and basic swimming skills to children with little or no water experience.

The once-a-week sessions are offered on Mondays March 4 through April 15, and on Wednesdays March 6 through April 17.  Class times are 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. SAW is for elementary-aged children. It teaches participants how to exit a pool safely and other water safety skills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14 (behind car crashes). “Every child should learn water safety skills,” says Brigitte Bonafont, YMCA senior aquatics director. “The Y is committed to preventing these tragic events in our community and ensuring children can safely enjoy the health and recreational benefits of swimming.”

The Y can offer SAW at no cost because of donations from the community.

The Yarrow YMCA is at 31105 Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Westlake Village. To sign up, go to For questions, contact Bonafont at
Danielle Hutchison, Director of Marketing and Programs, 805-497-9081 x102