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Ensuring Water Safety in Palm Beach County!


The Y's Water Safety & Drowning Prevention program encourages exploration of water-related activities so that our community can safely enjoy the water-rich environment in which we live. The program serves populations in the county that may not otherwise attend water safety courses or take a swimming lesson due to cultural or financial factors. 


Safety Around the Water Program

The YMCA’s Safety Around the Water Program consists of five half-hour swim lessons offered to qualified groups in the community at no cost. Programming is offered year-round at our YMCAs or at pre-approved swimming sites throughout Palm Beach County. The program is evidence-based and developed on a foundation of “Safety First, Swim Second.” This program is geared for children 3-17 years.

Safety Around the Water Week 2021

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County's Annual week of FREE 30-minute swim lessons is May 17th- 21st. This program is for children who do not know how to swim and is offered at both our Boynton and Boca Y branches.

DATES: Monday, May 17 - Friday May 21, 2021
TIMES: Between 4pm - 6pm
REQUIREMENTS: Between age 3-11 with little to no experience in the water. 
REGISTER: In person at your local Y branch 

Contact your local Y branch for more information:
DeVos-Blum Family YMCA in Boynton - 561-738-9622
Peter Blum Family YMCA in Boca - 561-395-9622


Adaptive Needs Swim Program

The YMCA's Adaptive Needs Swim Program consists of eight 1/2 hour, one-on-one ratio swim lessons that are individually tailored for each participant. Individuals enrolled in the Adaptive Needs Swim program will participate in a simple intake process that will assist the Swim Instructors to develop an individualized lesson plan. This program is available to participants ages 2+.

Due to the  generous support from grants and donations this program is offered to families at a greatly reduced cost.


WaterSmart Palm Beach County

As an effort to bring water safety and drowning prevention to the forefront of issues in Palm Beach County, the countywide Drowning Prevention Task Force "WaterSmart Palm Beach County" was created to bring water safety minded individuals from all areas of the community together to solve issues around drowning prevention and provide access to safe and enjoyable water safety program to all. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is a proud partner of WaterSmart. 

WaterSmart meets monthly at the Palm Beach County Children Services Council in Boynton Beach, FL.