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June 01, 2011

Swim at the Y this Summer

For kids and adults looking to escape the hot sun this summer, the YMCA of San Diego County invites everyone to swim at the Y. At the Y, there are a variety of programs that help swimmers learn water safety skills, develop confidence in and around the water and enjoy the benefits of water exercise.

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it has many health benefits,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, CEO and President of the YMCA of San Diego County. The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices. We encourage kids and adults to take swim lessons – it’s never too late to learn.

The Y encourages kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority. YMCA of San Diego County recommends the following safety tips for children and adults:

  • Only swim when and where there is lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
  • Adults should constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
  • Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on or around the water.
  • Children who are beginners should stay within arm's reach of an adult in the water.

As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. This philosophy drives the YMCA of San Diego County’s commitment to help children and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming.

You can find a variety of swim programming for children and adults all across the county at one of the 22 YMCA swimming pools, http://www.ymca.org/swim.html

To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

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