Greater Green Bay YMCA Swim Programs Teach Confidence and Safety

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The Greater Green Bay Y reminds the community to pactice water safety when in and around the water this summer.

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Underwater fun at the Green Bay YMCA

We encourage kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority.

As swim season approaches, the Greater Green Bay YMCA reminds kids and adults about the importance of practicing safety when in and around the water. The Y offers a variety of swim programs in Green Bay, where swimmers can have fun while developing confidence, engaging in physical activity and learning safety skills that can save lives.

“The Greater Green Bay YMCA is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices,” said Renee Chandler, Director of Aquatics – Green Bay YMCA, Downtown Center. “We encourage kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority.”

In honor of National Water Safety Month this May, the Greater Green Bay YMCA recommends kids and adults practice the following safety tips 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 children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is on duty.
  • Inexperienced swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when in, on or around the water.
  • Parents or guardians of children who are non-swimmers or beginning level swimmers should be in the water and within arm’s reach of their child.
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities in the water.

As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The Green Bay 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.

The Green Bay YMCA continues to have open $1 Community Swim held on Saturdays at Broadview Y from 3-5pm and Downtown Y from 3:30–5pm; on Sundays at East Side Y and West Side Y from 4-6pm. Pool, Gym and Group Exercise Schedules are available online.

There are a variety of programs to choose, including Parent/Child programs for ages 6 months – 3 years, Swim Lessons at all levels for ages 3 – 13 years, Adult Swim Lessons, Private Swim Lessons, Master Swim class, Red Cross Lifeguard Training and GBY Competitive Swim Team. Summer Program Session runs nine weeks from June 11-August 12, 2012 with mini two and three-week sessions to accommodate busy summer calendars. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs. Registration for Summer Session is open. Register online, by phone or, stop in to register in person. 380 Broadview Dr; 235 N. Jefferson St; 1740 S Huron Rd; and 601 Cardinal Ln, Green Bay, Wisconsin; 920 436 9622.    

To learn more about the Greater Green Bay YMCA’s swim programs, please contact Sherri Valitchka at 920 436 9561,

About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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