Children with little or no swim experience are invited to enroll in the Sussex County YMCA’s free Safety Around Water program June 25-29 to learn life-saving skills.

“Swimming is one of the most important life skills people can learn,” Sussex County YMCA Aquatics Director Sarah Navarro said. “Not only does it save lives, swimming builds confidence and promotes fitness, and can be enjoyed at every stage in life.”

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 to 4 years old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.

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Participants will learn to adjust to the water and learn what to do if they unexpectedly find themselves in water through two skill sets, “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim.”

The five, 35-minute classes will be taught by certified swim instructors, and have no more than six students per instructor. 

Sessions will run 4-4:35 p.m. for ages 3 to 5; 4:40-5:15 p.m. for ages 6 to 9, and 5:20-5:55 p.m. for ages 10 to 14. They will be held at the YMCA, 15 Wits End Road in Hardyston. 

Safety Around Water Week is made possible through: the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash grant; donors to the Y’s annual campaign; and the Y’s Signature Partners, Suburban Consulting Engineering, Inc. and Selective Insurance Group, Inc. For more information and to register, go to http://www.metroymcas.org/sussex-county-ymca/safety-around-water-week/ or call 973-209-9622.

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ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its six branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.