April Pools Day

NO FOOLIN'....WE'RE SERIOUS about water safety!  East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Bonney Lake Police Department and the Gordon Family YMCA are teaming up to sponsor April Pools Day, a free family water safety event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Gordon Family YMCA - 16101 64th St E, Sumner.

The first two hours will include water safety instruction, activities and prizes followed by an open swim. Activities will be geared toward children ages 7-12. An adult must accompany children age seven and younger.

Call the fire department at 253-863-1800 during regular business hours for more information.  YMCA membership is NOT required to attend this free event!

Event Flyer

Water Safety Concepts Taught

Children will rotate through various educational activity stations where they will observe a skill and then demonstrate it.  Activity stations include:

Reach-Throw-Go
Learn techniques to help a swimmer in distress by reaching with a stick or pole, or throwing something that floats, rather than jumping in and becoming a victim yourself.

Float Technique
Until help arrives; learn actions to keep you warm if you fall in cold water. Children will wear life jackets and demonstrate the HELP and Huddle techniques.

Boat
While in the water, children will learn strategies to climb in various boat types, and right a capsized small boat or raft.

Life Jacket Scramble
Children learn why it is important to always wear a life jacket in a boat, and how challenging it is to try and put a life jacket on with split-second notice.

Life Jacket Houdini
Children will learn how difficult it is to put a life jacket on while in the water, and why it is important to always wear your life jacket while in, near, or on the water.

Cold Water Incapacitation
Glacial-fed waters and swimming can lead to tragedy. Children will learn the symptoms of cold water incapacitation and how to stay safe while swimming in our cold waters.

Life Jacket Sales and Loaner Programs

Wearing a life jacket is the most important part of water safety.  Discount life jackets will be available for purchase for $14 each during the April Pools Day event. Can't make it that day? No problem!  Life jackets are available for purchase, and to borrow, year-round at our headquarters station.   Click here to learn more.

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