Swimming is a great way to be physically active and have a blast all summer, and all year long.

Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. Learning life-saving water safety skills at the earliest ages is crucial.

 “Our goal is to have people of all ages and skill levels grow to develop a lifelong love of swimming.  In the summer, we offer one-week Monday-Thursday preschool and youth swim class sessions.  Since swimming is such an important skill, we are ensuring the ability for all in the community to register for at least one week of swim lessons,” said Rob Faggiano, Westfield Area YMCA Aquatics Director.

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“Swimming is a year-round, life-long activity,” adds Assistant Aquatics Director Sharon London.  “We have many students who started with us years ago in a parent/child class and progress through our curriculum. We are proud to watch them develop their skills while having have fun and becoming safer, stronger and more confident both in and out of the pool.”

For more information, visit www.westfieldynj.org or the Main Y Facility Welcome Center at 220 Clark Street, Westfield. Free swim level assessments and swim scholarships for lessons and Y lifeguard certification are available.

Contact Rob Faggiano at rfaggiano@westfieldynj.org or 908-301-9622 ext. 276 or Sharon London at slondon@westfieldynj.org or 908-301-9622 ext. 253.

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area YMCA programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.