Sussex County YMCA has revamped its swimming lesson program to help students at all ability levels progress at their own pace.

When students register for the Fall 1 session, they’ll choose classes from three categories: Swim Starters for children ages six months to age 3, Swim Basics for all ages, and Swim Strokes for school-age children, teens and adults who have mastered the fundamentals.

Created by the YMCA of the USA, the swim lesson upgrade has been extensively tested at YMCAs across the nation.

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“The new approach has proven to help students with different abilities gain confidence as their skills advance,” Sussex County YMCA Aquatics Director Sara Navarro said. “Advanced swimmers can reach higher levels more quickly, while others can get the additional instruction they need, making the experience more enjoyable and promoting a lifelong love of swimming.” 

Lessons will have the same class length, age categories, class ratios, and price, but there will be an increased emphasis on water safety, Navarro noted. The Y has developed a lesson selector to help parents determine the most appropriate class for their children. If needed, the Y will provide free evaluations by appointment. 

Registration begins Aug. 2, with classes starting Sept. 5. For more information, visit http://www.metroymcas.org/main/swim-lessons/.

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ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges is the largest association of YMCAs in New Jersey, serving more than 55,000 individuals, including 30,000 members, and providing nearly $1.3 million in direct financial assistance. Its six YMCAs, located 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. They offer an array of programs that build spirit, mind and body for people of all ages and all circumstances.