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The Gateway Family YMCA Swim Lessons Launches Updated Swim Lesson Program

Swim Lessons at The Gateway Family YMCA Credits: The Gateway Family YMCA

The Gateway Family YMCA is launching an updated swim lesson program starting with the Fall I session, beginning September 5th.  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. Registration for Fall I programs begin August 21st at the Rahway Branch and the Five Points Branch, located in Union, NJ.

This year, The Gateway Family 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.  

For those interested in learning more about the new swim lesson programs, parent orientation and information sessions are planned at the Five Points Branch, 201 Tucker Ave, Union: 8/14 6pm, 8/17 6pm and 8/19 10am and at the Rahway Branch, 1564 Irving St, Rahway: 8/15 7pm.

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“We want swim lessons to be a rite of passage for ALL children; helping kids stay safe in and around the water while developing a love of swimming,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA.  “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,” stated Melynda A. Mileski, EVP/COO. 

There are three general categories of Y Swim Lessons 

• Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

• Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water. 

• Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults). Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

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 Eastern Union County and Northern Middlesex County, The Gateway Family YMCA teaches over 1,000 children water safety and swimming each year. 

Families interested in learning more about The Gateway Family YMCA swim lessons and water safety classes should visit or contact the Five Points Branch 908-688-9622 or Rahway Branch 732-388-0057.

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