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2017-09-07 / Business

YMCA to offer specialized swim lessons

YMCA Buffalo Niagara has joined other YMCAs across the United States to launch a new swim lesson curriculum, increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming for all ages and skill levels.

According to a press release, the latest evolution of YMCA swim lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels.

The release stated that through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.

“We’re excited to introduce the newest swimming curriculum and help kids of all ages build the confidence needed to become a successful swimmer,” Vincent Riddle, Southtowns Family YMCA aquatics director, said in the press release. “Our goal is to keep children safe in and around the water while enhancing swimming skills at a comfortable pace.”

According to the press release, research shows that participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age. Swimming also teaches children to form healthy life habits and nurtures social-emotional and cognitive development.

YMCA officials said swim lessons include three general categories: Swim Starters, Swim Basics and Swim Strokes.

Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages 6 months to 3 years. Swim Basics focuses on personal water safety and basic swimming skills for students of all ages. Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students — elementary school age, teenagers and adults.

The new swim lesson program starts Sunday, Sept. 10, at all YMCA Buffalo Niagara branches, including the Independent Health Family Branch at 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. To find out more about swim lessons or to register, visit www.YMCABN.org.

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