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YMCA Offers Free Swim Lessons to 100 Kids

May 16, 2016, 16:00 PM by


The YMCA of Boulder Valley will provide free swim lessons to 100 children ages 3 to 12 at the Longmont YMCA in June. YMCA Float For All is funded by a YMCA of the USA grant, using the Y’s brand-new swimming lesson curriculum to teach local children life-saving skills.

“All children should have the opportunity to safely enjoy water,” says YMCA of Boulder Valley Sr. Aquatics Director Jamie Pocock. “This is a chance for us to open our pool to 100 children who may be learning these skills for the first time. That’s priceless.”

Parents can register their children for an eight-lesson Float for All session at or by visiting any YMCA of Boulder Valley location. Sessions run Monday through Thursday June 6-16; times vary depending on the child’s age. While anyone can register for the free swim lessons, the Y encourages low-income families to sign up.

According to the CDC, about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency care for submersion injuries. With that said, participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent.

YMCA Float For All uses the Y’s brand-new swimming lesson curriculum to help participants learn valuable water safety skills, celebrate successes, build confidence and enjoy water.

YMCA of Boulder Valley also provides financial assistance to low-income families for group swim lessons and other programs; families that are not able to participate in the free swim lessons may apply for financial assistance for Y programs at

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