National Water Safety Month Kicks off May 1st, 2018
Bay City, TX - With the summer swimming season nearly here, the City of Bay City is kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage water safety. The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. The event will be celebrated by these organizations and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.
Did you know that Texas is #1 in the nation for child pool drownings, or that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4?
Bay City’s Parks and Recreation Department will kick off the month by hosting one of two Water Safety Days on Saturday, May 6th at Valiant Pool (2624 16th Street) from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Our second Water Safety Day will be at Hilliard Pool (3020 Le Tulle) on Saturday, May 20th. Bay City Lifeguards demonstrate lifesaving techniques used and teach water safety basics—how to keep yourself safe, how to help others, pool safety, lifejacket basics and much more. This program is sponsored by: United States Coast Guard, Collins Hope, Stop Drowning Now and the Michael Phelps Foundation.
A Red Cross Life Guard class to train pool staff for not only the City’s 2 pools, but other pools in the area will be Thursday, May 10th – 13th. Interested candidates must be 15 to take the class and at 16 years of age to apply for a position to work for the Bay City Parks and Recreation Department. Call 979-323-1660 for more information.
Our goal with the program is prevention. Help us keep your children safe: Watch your child around water and be within arm’s length of children under the age of 5, even if they know how to swim. It is imperative that we promote safety in and around the water.
We encourage all patrons to join us in taking the “Safe Swimmer’s Pledge.”
“I’m a Safe Swimmer” Pledge
I pledge to never swim alone. I pledge to never play or swim near drains or suction fittings. I pledge to always dive feet first. I pledge to obey the pool rules
Keep these water safety steps in mind:
- Learn to swim no matter your age. This is one of the best ways to be safer in and around the water.
- Always swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards and actively supervise children whenever around water. Do not participate in any distracting activities while supervising children swimming or playing in water. Remember, if your child is in the water, you should be too.
- Follow all the posted safety rules and make sure to read and discuss safety rules with children upon arrival at a water recreation site.
- Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are a non-swimmer.
- Never bring a sick child (especially a child suffering from diarrhea) to the pool and remind children to avoid ingesting water and to take regular bathroom breaks.
- Apply sunscreen a half hour before going out into the sun for maximum absorption. Use sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF – and reapply every 2 hours.
- Learn basic first aid and CPR – seconds count.
- Avoid Alcohol while before or during swimming, boating, water-skiing or while supervising children.
- Check the weather forecast before swimming or boating
If you have a swimming pool at home:
- Install barriers such as four-sided fencing (at least 4-feet high), self-locking gates and pool alarms on backyard pools to prevent access by children.
- Clear the pool and deck of toys when not in use.
If you are in and around natural water settings:
- Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are a non-swimmer, are not comfortable in the water or are enjoying time in an open body of water. The U.S. Coast Guard requires all children under the age of 12 must wear life jacket always there must be a lifejacket for each adult on board always while boating.
- Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags. These may vary from one beach to another.
- Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents. Some examples are water that is discolored and choppy, foamy, or filled with debris and moving in a channel away from shore.
- If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore. Once free of the current, swim diagonally toward shore.
Detailed information about National Water Safety Month, for both consumers and businesses, can be found at www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org. For more information on the pools or recreation programs, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (979) 323-1660 or visit us on the web at www.cityofbaycity.org.
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Valiant (16th Street) PoolValiant Pool is located at 2624 Carey Smith and offers a concession stand as well as restrooms outfitted with showers.
Lap Swim (Monday-Friday)
Summer (Memorial Day)
Monday CLOSED for Memorial Day
Saturday and Sunday
Lap Swim (Monday-Friday)
Swim Lessons - As Spring begins, now is the time to get started or get back into swim lessons to be ready for summer. The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of classes for all ages and availabilities.
Youth lessons are broken down into age groups, spanning from children only 6 months old through age 2 (a parent or guardian is required in the water with this age group), the cost for this 8 session 30-minute class is $35. Ages 3 through 5-year old’s, and youth age 6 through 12. Lessons are only $45 for 8; 45-minute sessions Tuesday through Friday. Adults and teenagers aren’t left of out the lesson pool – a course specific to teens and adults is also available. These lessons are offered for all skill levels, from very beginner to advanced. Course emphasis is on individual skill improvement and endurance. This course costs $45. Classes will be also offered for children with special needs. A caregiver may be required in the water during these classes. Lessons are only $45 for 8; 45-minute sessions Tuesday through Friday.
Registration begins April 30th at 8 a.m. at the Municipal Services Building (1217 Avenue J), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sensory Swimming - In addition to swim lessons, we will be offering a special sensory swimming time for those individuals who are bothered by large crowds, loud noises and other distractions. The swim time will be held at Hilliard Pool Saturdays from 10am-12pm. This time will be offered at our regular swim rate of $1 for children and $2 for adults. Participants with special needs will be allowed one care giver to accompany them in the water free of charge.
For more information on Swim Lessons, contact the Angela Kennedy at 979-323-1660 or email@example.com.
Hilliard Pool is located at 3020 LeTulle Avenue. The pool has concession stands and restrooms with showers.
Summer (Memorial Day-August)
Monday-Closed for Memorial Day