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Why to Choose the Y for Swim Lessons:

A YMCA of Broome County mom sat on the bleachers by the shallow end of the West Family Y pool watching her nearly-5-year-old daughter during swim lessons. She offered smiles and encouragement to her youngest, as she left the wall and swam to her instructor. The mom, a seasoned pro of the program, said they

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Add Learning How to Swim to Your Child’s List of Basic Life Skills

   There is a list of basic life skills all parents instinctively know they must teach their children to keep them safe and healthy. It includes habits like looking both ways before you cross the street, washing your hands with soap and water and eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.  

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Matt Shares His Gratitude for the YMCA Preschool/Youth Swim Programs

Year after year, my wife, Joy, signed our three kids up for summer swim lessons at Highland Park and the West Family Y during the winter months. Our oldest, 14 year old Grace, took her first Mommy and Me classes at West Y pool at 6 months old. I remember watching Grace in the Highland

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YMCA Swim Instructor, Bryan, Teaches 2 Year Old Pool/Water Safety Skills

I say “walk”; she runs. I say “stop”; she goes. As a mother of a strong-willed, fearless 2 year old, I worried about opening our pool this year. I put child-proof door knobs on each door, gated the porch on the way to the deck, gated the deck on the way to the pool, and

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