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.


¢‰âÒSwimming is a fun and enjoyable
activity for children and adults alike, and it has many health benefits,¢‰âÂå 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.
¢‰âÂå

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 ¢‰âÒwater watcher¢‰âÂå so everyone knows who is ¢‰âÒon duty.¢‰âÂå
  • 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.