Swim Time Is Not Over at the Y

Published 5:17 am Tuesday, September 10, 2013

With the first day of fall coming later this month, most of us are planning to grab those last few days at the lake or get those last swims in the backyard pool before cooler weather hits. But, at the YMCA, no such planning is taking place … for our pool is indoors and heated. So, swim time is year-round at the YMCA!

This week, we’re beginning our second year of partnership with the Decatur County Schools’ 21st Century Program. Every two weeks throughout the school year, on Mondays and Wednesdays, the 21st Century participants from a different elementary school are coming to the Y for swim lessons. We pick them up in the YMCA buses at the schools and transport them to the YMCA for 30 minutes of swim lessons and 30 minutes of fitness activities. This is in keeping with our goal of having all school-aged children in Decatur County learning how to swim.

Our Barracuda Swim Team, under the leadership of Coach Rebecca Miller, is doing great. What began as a summer program is now running year-round! Over 26 students, from ages 5 to 13 are now on the team … with new students preparing to try out. The summer program ended with much success in regional and state competition. Our first fall competition is in two weeks in Moultrie. If you have never been to a swim meet, you ought to come and watch one. If you think watching football is fun, you really will like swim meets. New students are welcome to come try out. Call the YMCA front desk at 243-0508 to find out more.

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New sessions of swim lessons for Y members and non-members started this week … and it is not too late to sign up. Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays and Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first classes begin at 5 o’clock. If you can’t join these sessions, the next sessions are October 14 thru November 7 and then November 11 thru December 12. Classes are for ages 3 through adults. We also have private swim lessons available for individuals and families. Call the YMCA to find a spot for you.

There is no better activity to keep your body fit than swimming. It is also a fun activity for families to do together. Plus, swimming is a “must” life skill to insure one’s safety. So, call the YMCA and find out how to join in the fun in the YMCA pool.