The YMCA Safety Around Water program runs from May 2 through May 12 at the Paula G. Manship YMCA, 8100 YMCA Plaza Drive.

The free eight-day course for ages 3 to 12 focuses on the importance of water safety skills, such as how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge, to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water, according to a news release from the YMCA.

The program is available on a first come, first served basis. Call (225) 767-9622 to register.