As swim season approaches, the Van Wert YMCA encourages children and
parents in the Van Wert community to explore the many benefits of
swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim
programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new
techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning
safety skills that can save lives.
“Swimming is a fun and
enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way
to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and
stamina,” said Martha Martin, aquatics director/American Red Cross
lifeguard and instructor for the Van Wert YMCA. “The Y is committed to
providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and
learn water safety practices.”
As part of National Water Safety
Month in May, the Y encourages parents to take an active role in their
child’s safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around
Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
should constantly and actively watch their children. Inexperienced or
non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Parents or
guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach. Children
and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can
increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates
children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation, and
cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also
teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can
learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with
winning and losing.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been
a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for 100 years. The Y
continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of
swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water.
There are a variety of programs to choose, including swimming lessons,
family swim, competitive swimming and diving teams, private swim
lessons, lessons for children with Special Needs, school activities and
sports teams who use the pool for cross training workouts.
ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, the Y is
offering a free water safety and swimming assessment to the public. This
program is open to all children ages 3 and older and will be held on
two different days, Tuesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 29 from 4 – 6 p.m.
Participants will be asked to swim for YMCA swim instructors, who have
over 75 combined years of experience in providing quality swimming
training. The instructors will evaluate each child on their swimming
skills and a recommendation will be made on how to proceed with the
child’s swimming development. Pre-Registration is required for this
program. Registrations can be made by visiting the YMCA online at
vwymca.org, call (419) 238-0443 or at the YMCA front desk. To learn more
about the Y’s swim programs, please contact Martha Martin at (419)
238-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the United Way and the Van Wert County Foundation.