Keeping Kids Safe at the YMCA

Right now, we are 18 days away from Christmas and the holiday season is in full swing. With many events going on to celebrate this time of year, quite a few Texoma kiddos wind up going through the doors of the YMCA. Newschannel 6 is looking out for your children by asking questions as to how safe they are while at the YMCA.

Erin Darche, associate director says there is plenty for kids to do at the Y. "Basketball is open, racquetball is open, we have developed a racquetball 101 program so we can get them involved we are very proud of our x-arcade where we have a fitness room for ages 8-13," she said. The x-arcade let's them play x-box... but only if they are pedaling an exercise bike.

However, while the kids are having a blast, parents expect them to be safe. The Y works to make sure that is the case. "One we make sure all of our staff is fully trained they all have CPR first aid and AED certifications," said Darche.

Darche says the training does not end there. "We do of course a yearly certification, we keep their certifications up to date, but we do spot checks throughout the year where we will pull staff aside and say 'okay this situation has just happened how would you handle it' so we make sure they are retaining the knowledge and not just learning it once a year," she said.

The YMCA also teaches CPR classes. For information, call Darche at 761-1000.

For more information on the Wichita Falls YMCA click here.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6