SAW (Safety Around Water)

As per our mission for youth development, the Richard Kane YMCA sees building strong skills for youth around water as one of the most important things we can offer our community. 

Our Safety Around Water program offers just that - a quality program that teaches area 2nd graders all the basics for being confident around water. From the months of Jan - May, school children are transported to the YMCA pool for water instruction from YMCA staff. Throughout their time, they learn skills like how to respond in a water emergency, basic swimming, basic CPR/first aid, and lifejacket and boat safety. 

We are proud to be in partnership with the Bartlesville Regional United Way, which provides funding to help our efforts. This year, SLB provided backpacks carrying swim items to students participating in SAW. Dedicated staff and donations from our community make it possible to offer this free for our 2nd graders. 

Thank you for your commitment to our YMCA and to programs like SAW. With your support, we hope to continue programs like these for years to come. 

YMCA works to prevent high rate of Oklahoma child drownings