MetroWest YMCA: The Importance of Swim Lessons

FRAMINGHAM – The World is 71% water. Your children are 100% curious.

With the summer season upon us, the MetroWest YMCA encourages children and parents in our community to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y 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.

“It’s never too early to get children involved in swimming—it’s an important for safety reasons, but also a great way to keep active and healthy,” said Lisa Mandozzi, Framingham Branch Executive Director. “There are so many options for parents, but the best place to start is by learning basic water safety skills that helps get kids familiar with the water that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs and can even lead to a career.”

The MetroWest YMCA encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water safety.

Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
 Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
 Adults 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.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, swimming is a great way to increase physical activity. 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 more than 50 years. The MetroWest YMCA 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 swim lessons classes to choose from this summer.

Swim lessons are held in 2,4 & 8 week sessions at our three pools: Framingham Branch, Clearbrook Outdoor Pool and Family Outdoor Center Pool in Hopkinton. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

To learn more about the MetroWest YMCA’s swim programs, please visit www.metrowestymca.org/swimlessons

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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