Sussex YMCA Water Safety Program Makes a Big Splash

April 19, 2019 Rehoboth Beach, DE- The Sussex Family YMCA (SFY) will celebrate its 14th Annual Water Safety Week Program when Executive Director of the branch, Tamisha Hopkins, kicks off the week by being the first adult to step into the pool to receive water acclimation and safety instructions on Monday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m.

Water Safety Week will take place April 22-26, with five complimentary 30-minute sessions designed to get non-swimmers used to being in the water and to teach them how to remain safe. Participants, ages 6 months to active adults, who take advantage of the water acclimation and safety instruction sessions will also be invited to return to the YMCA to practice their skills via a complimentary guest pass for recreational swim.

The YMCA of Delaware is committed to saving lives and educating the community about safety around water. Every year, people young and old drown in swimming pools, lakes, and oceans.

“The Sussex Family YMCA, its staff and volunteers are devoted to the safety of our community and want to prevent this from happening. Last year, we were able to provide more than 1000 free swim lessons,” said Aquatics Director Anna Seiffert.

The Water Safety Program is designed to educate youth and families on water safety strategies in and around open water and build water skills to include forward movement in the water. This program would not be possible without the generosity of the community and major sponsors, Beebe Hospital and SoDEL Cares.

Additionally, the Sussex Y is pleased to announce a new partnership with Autism DE.  Thanks to the efforts of Tracey Condon-Kneifl, our Aquatic Programs Coordinator and Jessica Hart, Swimming with Autism instructor and POW&R Direct Support Professional, participants in the Autism DE support programs will be able to participate and complete the wellness sections of their typical day.

The YMCA of Delaware provides scholarships to individuals and families to ensure that everyone has access to vital programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Sussex branch works hard to support the people and neighborhoods that need it most by addressing issues such as school readiness, chronic diseases, and drowning prevention in the beach resort community.

For information about receiving life-saving swimming lessons for young and old alike, contact the Sussex YMCA at (302) 296-9622. The branch is located at 20080 Church St, Rehoboth, DE 19971.


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The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.

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