YMCA of Delaware Swim Programs Offer a Mix of Fun, Physical Activity and Safety

Wilmington,Delaware – As swim season approaches, the YMCA of Delaware encourages children and parents throughout Delaware to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s 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.

“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” said Deborah Bagatta-Bowles, YMCA of Delaware Chief Executive Director, “The YMCA of Delaware is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.”

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA of Delaware encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s 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
  • Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s
  • Children and adults should not engage in breath holding

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming motivates children to strive for self­ improvement, teaches goal orientation, and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. t 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 100 years. The YMCA of Delaware 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 programs to choose, including competitive swim teams, swim lessons for children and adults and aqua exercise classes at every branch. Additionally, there are free swim lessons being offered at the Walnut Street branch this summer. For more information about the free swim lessons, contact Deric Clinton, YMCA Senior Aquatic Director at dclinton@ymcade .org or call 302- 254-9622 ext 170. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

About the YMCA of Delaware
The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest non-profit organization committed to strengthening the citizens of Delaware through youth development,healthy living and social responsibility . With (7) seven branches statewide and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed long-standing relationships and a physical presence i n Delaware so they can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve Delaware’s health and wellbeing and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


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