May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than one million kids a year swimming and water safety skills.
This year, the Lake County YMCA updated its lessons to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels. The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.
“Through our latest approach to swim lessons, kids of all ages can progress at their own pace while building the confidence needed to become a successful swimmer. We want to help everyone be safer around the water. That means making smart choices when we are at the Y pool, a backyard pool or at the beach,” said Amy Basco, Lake County Central Y Aquatic Director.
The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons in 1909. Now, each year in more than 2,000 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills. Here in Lake County the Y teaches over 10,000 individuals water safety and swimming each year.
Lake County Y also partners with Madison Local Schools, Painesville City Local Schools and Our Shepard Lutheran School to provide students with swim lessons annually. Third and Fifth grade, middle school and high school students engage in water safety and basic swimming skill building activities to help ensure our community is safer as we enjoy the benefits of Lake County, including its rivers and beaches.
“Personal water safety and developing swimming skills is not just for kids, learning to swim at any age has multiple benefits for life. Not only could it save your life but you will be better equipped with essential water safety skills to help those around you,” Ms. Basco added.
Families interested in learning more about Y swim lessons and water safety classes should visit Lake County YMCA or call 440-352-3303.
Registration begins May 1st for the next session of swim lessons at the Central Y in Painesville, West End Y in Willoughby and East End Y in Madison. Next swim lesson sessions will be held May 7th through June 17th.
Families can also sign up for seasonal summer pool passes to the Houston-Fisher Pool at Jaske Park in Eastlake or the Outdooy Y in Perry any time online or at one of the Lake County Y branches.
About the Y
The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the potential of children, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Since 1866, the Lake County Y has engaged men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – with its diverse programs to deliver lasting personal and social change. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together to support their neighbors. For more information visit the Lake County Y online (Lake County YMCA) and follow us on Facebook.
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