As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Stokes Family YMCA is offering swim instruction and water safety programs.
“Swimming is a life skill that everyone should have,” said Chris Chunn, Aquatics Director for the Stokes Family YMCA. “It’s a challenging sport that gives us great exercise. We offer many programs at the Y for all ages and we want everyone to have fun, but also know the dangers of being around water.”
Swimming lessons begin as early as six-months-old and classes run Monday through Thursday and on Saturday. Sessions are four weeks long with two classes each week. The cost is $52 for members and $88 for potential members. The Y also offers an unlimited summer pass that starts at $114 for members and $144 for potential members and begins on June 4 through August 4. The Stokes YMCA has formed a partnership with Hanging Rock State Park and they will be offering a four week class with eight sessions for $52 starting the week after the fourth of July.
The lessons cover CPR, basic pool rules, water entry and exit, swimming strokes for beginners and intermediate, and how to call 911.
“We want everyone who participates to gain confidence and have a sense of belonging,” said Chunn. “It’s a family astrosphere that can bond new friendships that could last a lifetime.”
The Y encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s safety.
Safety tips to remember through the summer season include: swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty, never swim alone, adults should 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.
To find out more information on swimming lessons or safety around water, contact Chris Chunn at the Stokes Family YMCA at 336-985-9622 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.