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YMCA hosts Water Safety Day for families

Safety demonstrations, life jacket fittings among tasks

Signs at the Morris City Pool note the opening of the season and the upcoming Morris YMCA Water Safety Day. The YMCA program was done with support from the city.
Signs at the Morris City Pool note the opening of the season and the upcoming Morris YMCA Water Safety Day. The YMCA program was done with support from the city.

MORRIS – On Saturday, the Morris YMCA is going to be hosting its first Water Safety Day, a free event for the community to come out and learn about staying safe in the water.

Sarah Porzel, youth and family director at the Morris Y, said she came up with the idea while running the summer day camp program.

“We saw increase in kids that aren’t familiar with water or aren’t comfortable getting in the water,” she said. “With all of the natural bodies of waters in Grundy County, we thought it was important.”

The aquatics team from the Plainfield Y will be coming out for the day. The event will be held at the Goold Park bandshell, and will include dry land demonstrations for kids and adults to become familiar with life-saving procedures and how to be safe around the water. It also will include interactive games, Porzel said.

“It will also be reinforcing certain behaviors,” said Morris YMCA Executive Director Missy Durkin, “like just getting kids to ask permission before getting into the water.”

Life jacket fittings will also be part of the day. Porzel said that she’s seen kids coming to the day camps with ill-fitting jackets, and that can be just as dangerous as not having a jacket. Durkin said that the event is done with the cooperation of the city of Morris.

“It’s the product of a healthy and wonderful relationship with the city,” she said.

The first 150 people to the event will receive free admission to the Morris City Pool on Saturday and a free lunch. There also will be raffles for pool toys and other prizes.

If you go

What: Morris YMCA Water Safety Day

When: 10:30 a.m.- noon on Saturday, June 2

Where: Goold Park bandshell

How much: Free, prior registration in encouraged

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