Building Strong Swimmers & Confident Kids
For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy.
FACT: Children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old have the highest drowning rates.
FACT: Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids (ages 5 – 14).
FACT: In 88% of drownings, an adult was present but that was not enough.
At the Bangor Region YMCA, our goal is to do our part in changing these statistics by continuing to build strong swimmers and confident kids. This is why we have adopted the YMCA’s brand new Safety Around Water & Swim Lessons curriculum. We are committed to helping youth improve new skills while building friendships and feeling confident in water environments. These new lessons are built on a foundation of two basic skill progressions that all people need to be safe around water, swim-float-swim and jump-push-turn-grab, while continuing to build stroke technique, safety skills, and a sense of achievement, belonging, and relationships.
Y swim instructors are nationally certified and are trained in CPR, AED, and First Aid. Our dedicated instructors know how to create a fun and exciting learning environment for your child! Their roles will range from assisting parents/guardians with familiarizing their child with water in our Swim Starters (Parent & Me) lessons to being their child’s instructors in our Preschool and School Age lessons.
Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.