Registration for the Westfield Area YMCA Fall 1 program session begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 for Full Members and at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 13 for Basic and Non-Members. The session runs Sept. 4-Oct. 27.  

Fall is a great time to get started with, or continue reinforcing the skills learned, in summer swim lessons.  The YMCA aquatics program accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as each swimmer progresses. Through this approach, an advanced swimmer flows more easily to higher levels while a swimmer who needs more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in a more confident swimmer who sticks with lessons and develops a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.  Free swim level assessments are always available. The parent/child Water Discovery class begins at age 6 months. New for swimmers ages 8-12 years is the Aquatics Conditioning class.

The Y Dance Academy is thrilled to introduce Dance Company, a performance group geared toward dancers of higher level abilities. An invitation or audition is required to participate. Dance, Stretch & Conditioning is also new at the Y Dance Academy located at the Garwood Family Center YMCA. Students ages 7-14 train learning elements of Pilates, yoga, floor barre and gyrotonics to improve body awareness, strength and flexibility.  Also new this session is a Youth Pickleball class for ages 6-8. Pickleball is a game resembling tennis in which players use paddles to hit a plastic ball over a net. Adult open Pickleball times will be available and a clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

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The Y will offer Co-Ed Ultimate this session, in which experienced co-ed coaching staff provide a safe and fun environment for developing and progressing athletes of any skill or experience level. In addition to the wide variety of sports, aquatics, parent/child and adult and senior health and wellness programs, the Y is also offering a GaGa class for kids.  GaGa is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. 

For information on all the classes, programs, leagues and events offered at the Westfield Area YMCA, or the Main Y Facility Welcome Center located at 220 Clark Street, Westfield. The Welcome Center can also be reached at 908-301-YMCA (9622).

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.