YMCA Transitions to New Swim Program, Focus Remains on Safety
At the Hunterdon County YMCA, the focus is on making sure everyone in the community is safe in and around water. Under the guidance of Aquatic Director Flora Mannino, more than 30,000 Hunterdon County children and adults have learned to swim at the Y. While swim lessons have been taking place at the Hunterdon County Y for decades, recently the YMCA of USA has rolled out a new curriculum and guidelines for preschool and youth swim lessons. With a focus on water safety and self-survival skills starting with the youngest child in the parent-child program, the new curriculum begins with basic swimming readiness skills and, as results are achieved, progresses to stroke introduction, refinement and technique. At the Hunterdon County Y, the staff have received additional training on the new curriculum and are excited to share this program with the community.
Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve. The latest curriculum accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. The results are more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.
The Y runs year-round swim lessons for all ages and levels, as well as lifeguard certification. The Y has a variety of speciality programs which include Little Mermaid & Mermen, the Mermaid Club, Scuba Certification by Scuba Guru, Triathlon swim training, and a Competitive Clinic. Additionally, the Y hosts free community events including National Learn to Swim Day, the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, and the 2nd Grade Learn to Swim Program.