FLEMINGTON, NJ - As the season turns to summer, the Hunterdon County YMCA encourages the community to participate in programs that make the community safer for everyone. The Y offers swim lessons for all ages, lifeguard certification and recertification classes, and CPR and First Aid certification and recertification classes.

It’s never too early to get children involved in swimming - it’s important for safety reasons, but also a great way to keep active. Recent studies show that children as young as 1 year old can benefit from formal swim lessons.

The best place to start is by learning basic water safety skills that help get kids familiar with the water. The Y offers a variety of summer swim lesson options for all ages and levels. For more information visit www.hcymca.org/swim-lessons. If you are unsure of your child’s level or have questions,  contact the Y’s Aquatic Director Flora Mannino at 908-483-4924 or fmannino@hcymca.org.

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Lifeguarding can be a rewarding way to earn money while keeping  the community safe, making friends and staying fit. The Y is a proud provider of nationally recognized American Red Cross Lifeguarding certification and recertification. Lifeguards are needed year-round and scheduling is flexible to accommodate school, family life and other jobs. Students, retirees, homemakers and adults make great lifeguards. For more information visit www.hcymca.org/lifeguard-certification.

CPR and First Aid training teaches individuals and families how to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life threatening respiratory and cardiac problems, sudden illness, or injuries. It also familiarizes the participant with the use and safe operation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). All classes include adult, child, and infant CPR/AED and First Aid. The Y is a proud provider of American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED certification and recertification. For more information visit www.hcymca.org/cpr-first-aid.

As a leading nonprofit committed to the health and wellbeing of the community, the Hunterdon County Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons, lifeguard certification, and lay responder certification for many years. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs. Financial assistance is made available through the generous support of donors and businesses in the community. Learn more about the Hunterdon County YMCA by visiting www.hcymca.org.