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 5 half-hour swim lessons offered to qualified groups 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 2019 is October 28 - November 1st 2019 and is being held at the Peter Blum Family Y in Boca and the DeVos-Blum Family Y in Boynton. This program is open to the community NO COST. Adults and teens ages 13 and older must qualify* and register in person at the facility. Lessons will be taught by adults for adults and participants will learn new swim techniques and basic water safety skills to help them build confidence in the water. 

Thank you Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation for your generous sponsorship of this important program! Read more...

Boca Regional

*Please contact local branch for details. 


Adaptive Needs Swim Program

The YMCA's Adaptive Needs Swim Program consists of eight half-hour, one-to-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 the fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December) at the Palm Beach County Children Services Council in Boynton Beach, FL.