Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Be Water Smart from the Start

The Rays have teamed up with local YMCA's, the United Way Suncoast, the Juvenile Welfare Board, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, and 7-Eleven to encourage children and families to be water smart from the start. The program provides access to life-saving water safety programs to both children and their parents through their local YMCA's in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

Swim Safety Tips

  • Supervise all water activities, never leaving a child alone.
  • Throw don't go. Always toss a flotation device, never jump in to save.
  • Always keep a phone near the pool to call 911 in case there is an emergency.
  • Never allow children to swim or play in an unlit pool after dark.
  • Keep non-pool toys like weights or bicycles away from the pool area.
  • Test your child's swim skills at the Y absolutely free of charge.
  • Add barriers around your pool, keeping all doors and gates locked.
  • Remember to remove inflatable toys from the pool area when not in use.
  • Never permit diving in the shallow end of the pool.
  • Make sure all gates and doors to the pool are self-closing and self-latching.

For more information on how you can join the YMCA's Be Water Smart From The Start program please go to