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Free Family Swim Lessons at the Hornell Area Family YMCA

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All ages register today for June 19

From the Hornell YMCA,

To kickstart a water-safe summer, the Hornell Area Family YMCA is hosting FREE family swim lessons on June 19 at 10:30-11 a.m., 2:30-3 p.m., and 5:30-6 p.m. 

“Water safety is important at any age,” said Aquatics Coordinator Christianna Walter. “It’s crucial to prevent accidents and ensure that activities in and around water remain enjoyable and safe for everyone.”

The lesson will include rules of the pool, floating, basic swimming techniques, and jumping in. Families can register at the front desk at the YMCA, on the website, or by calling 607-324-5520.

An adult must attend with children, and registration is required to participate.

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Each participant will receive a voucher for a discount on group lessons in the Summer Session taking place July 8 – August 17, or a private or semi-private swim lesson package. 

Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional injury-related death worldwide. Taking appropriate water safety measures can significantly reduce the risk of drowning. Swimming in locations with supervision, and never getting into the water alone are important steps to take to be safe around the water, especially for children. Additionally, swimming lessons can help individuals gain essential skills and confidence, lowering the risk of drowning.

If you want further water safety resources, the Red Cross website has information including a free Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers. This online course focuses on developing awareness of the risks of drowning and ways to minimize those risks.

Everyone has a collective responsibility to keep each other safe around the water, it’s essential for preventing accidents, ensuring safe recreational activities, maintaining health, and preparing for emergencies. By fostering a culture of awareness and education, individuals and communities can enjoy water activities while minimizing risks. Prioritizing water safety is not just a personal responsibility but a communal one, contributing to a safer and healthier society.

If you have any questions about the family swim lessons or any other aquatics programs at the YMCA, please visit the website, stop in or call 607-324-5520.

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