May is National Water Safety Month, and the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA wants to help you and your family be water safe this summer and all year round. We’ve compiled a number of resources including activities to help children become more comfortable in the water, tips and videos for family water safety, fun coloring and activity sheets, and more!

Click on the activity name for a printable PDF.


Splashing: Learn how to use splashing to help your child develop a positive relationship with water.

Getting used to the water: This activity helps children further acclimate to being in the water, especially when it gets on their face.

Submersion: As your child gets more comfortable with water on their face, you can progress to letting them put their face in the water.

Back Floats: Back floats can be challenging for young swimmers. These activities will help children feel more comfortable floating on their back.

Front Floats: In order to float on their front, a swimmer should be comfortable with putting their face in the water and holding their breath for at least three seconds. These activities encourage front float.

Blowing Bubbles: Blowing bubbles is one of the first skills we want children to learn during their swim lesson because it is a stepping stone to learning breath control. These activities encourage this skill, which is a foundation of being comfortable in the water.


It’s important to practice safety around water year round. Here, we give you the ABCs of Water Safety  to make your swimming experience an enjoyable one for all.

We also have several videos highlighting water safety on our YouTube channel, and continue to add more. You can view them here.


Safety Around Water Coloring Book

Safety Around Water Activity Sheets