READINGTON, NJ – It’s a Back to School Pool Party with a Beach Party theme and everyone is welcome.

The free event, sponsored by the Hunterdon County YMCA, will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Deer Path Branch of the Y here. It’s located at 144 West Woodschurch Rd. (Use Flemington for GPS.)

The party will celebrate the re-opening of the indoor pool at the Deer Path Branch and kick-off the Stingrays Swim Academy. Everyone attending can experience the enhancements of the recent pool upgrade and enjoy fun pool games. They’ll also have the opportunity to meet the Aquatic Director and the Stingrays Swim Academy instructors.

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The Hunterdon County YMCA is completing a major enhancement to its Deer Path Branch pool. Upgrades include a new HVAC system, new pool liner, and an updated pool deck. The renovations are scheduled to be complete on Sept. 8 and the pool is scheduled to reopen on the following day.

“The Hunterdon County YMCA is committed to aquatics and water safety,” said Bruce Black, President/CEO of the Y. “The investment in our pool demonstrates this commitment,”.

The Y is also launching a new swim lessons format, the Stingrays Swim Academy. The Academy will continue to follow the Y's nationally recognized Progressive Swim Lessons Program in a format that is more convenient for parents and advantageous for swimmers.

Benefits of the Academy include a simplified registration process, greater consistency for swimmers, and a clear pathway for those seeking a competitive team experience. Swimmers will be able to progress to the next level at their own pace throughout the program.

The Stingrays Swim Academy serves children 6 months through 12 years, beginner level through advanced. Lessons begin Sept. 16 and registration is now open. More information is available at the Y’s website.

The Y also offers a free Second Grade Learn to Swim Program; this 7-week class runs Sept. 18 through Nov.3, and provides free swim lessons for all second graders in Hunterdon. Learn more about the program here.  

“With our updated pool and the new Stingrays Swim Academy, it’s a very exciting time at the Hunterdon County YMCA,” said YMCA Aquatic Director Flora Mannino. “We’re looking forward to sharing these new enhancements with the community on Sept.14 at our Pool Party.”