YMCA-Des Moines urging “Water Watchers” as outside swim season begins


(Des Moines, IA) – The Des Moines YMCA marks the start of the outdoor swimming season by encouraging participation in a program called Water Watchers.

“It is so important that in places where there is no lifeguard on duty, you have a water guard on duty who looks for things that could go wrong and intervenes immediately if he sees someone in trouble,” said commander Ruth of the YMCA in Des Moines. She says it’s a simple concept with people only putting in a 15-minute shift or so to keep an eye on swimmers in a private pool or other outdoor recreation area.

Drowning is the leading killer of young children in the United States. Drowning in younger children most commonly occurs in hot tubs and private pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of death in older children.

Members of the YMCA can enroll in a Water Watchers program and receive a lanyard that can be worn in environments where adults agree to keep an eye on swimmers.

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