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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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Aria’s YMCA Parent/Infant Swim Success Story

YMCA Parent/Infant swim lessons were a whole new experience for two and a half year old, Aria. Her mom, Kristen, said Aria had never been in class setting or had anyone else telling her what to do. Initially, the toddler hesitated to get in the pool during her first lesson last October. It took two

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Exciting Changes Ahead: YMCA Swim Lessons

Group swim lessons began in 1909 when the YMCA embarked on novel mission “to teach every man and boy in North America” to swim. According to the YMCA History website, this mission grew to include families and people with disabilities. The site mentioned three benefits: helping youth: feel safe around water, develop problem-solving abilities and

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Develop Her Form, Fearlessness and Competitive Dreams

Fran’s YMCA Swim Lessons: Develop Her Form, Fearlessness and Competitive Dreams Eight year old YMCA member, Fran began YMCA’s parent-child lessons at six months old. Fran loved the water. By the age of two, Fran was so determined to swim, she darted away from her mom and tried swimming without assistance. That early attempt earned

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A Grateful Mom Shares FEAST Homeschool Swimming Successes at the YMCA

Our family is part of the local homeschool cooperative, FEAST (Finding Educational Alternatives in the Southern Tier). FEAST offers classes, organizes field trips, arranges parties and other activities to support homeschool families. Bridgette, from FEAST, and Katie, the YMCA Broome Assistant Aquatic’s Director, coordinate the FEAST homeschool swim program, one of the most popular and

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Following Doctor’s Recommendations:
62 Year Old Overcomes Fear and Learns to Swim

62 year old Wendy worked hard as a caring veterinarian in a busy practice. In all her years, she never learned to swim and never intended to until her doctor recommended she look into swimming to maintain mobility and strength in her shoulder as she recovered from surgery. She checked into private lessons at the

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Kaylee’s YMCA Preschool Swimming Success

Kaylee’s parents started Kaylee, in the YMCA Broome’s 1-2-3 Grow toddler gym program to encourage an active lifestyle at an early age. They added a session of YMCA preschool swim lessons when she was 3. They saw she really took to the teachers at the Y, so they signed her up year-round, except for the

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