Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nationally, the Y is "America's Swim Instructor" and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. The Y introduced the country to the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago, (1909), and each year, the Ridgewood YMCA teaches more than 500 children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
We have recently updated our swim program to help students at all ability levels progress at their own pace. Created by the YMCA of the USA, the new swim lesson curriculum has been extensively tested at YMCA’s across the nation. Class sizes are limited in number to ensure safety and optimal instruction.

The new swim program is divided into 3 age appropriate class categories The first category is Swim Starters for infants and toddlers age 6 months to 3 years. Accompanied by parents, infants and toddlers learn to be comfortable in the water and develop swim readiness skills.

The second category is Swim Basics for youth ages 3 up to 14 years. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning various swim skills.

The last category is Swim Strokes for school age children, teens and adults who have mastered the fundamentals. Students will learn additional water safety skills and build upon their stroke technique.

Parents are invited to attend our information sessions to learn more about the new swim program and staff will be on hand to help guide your decision for class enrollments. Join us on Wednesday, August 23 or Wednesday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Room#2. Light refreshments will be available.

Information, program overview tools and FAQs can be found on our website www.ridgewoodymca.org.

Registration for the new swim classes begins Monday, August 21 at 8:30 a.m. You can register online at www.ridgewoodymca.org or call 201.444.5600 x500. Classes begin September 5.