Marco Island, Florida May 9, 2011 – For kids and adults looking to escape the hot sun this summer, the Greater Marco Family YMCA invites the community to come swim at the Y. At the Y, there are a variety of programs that help swimmers learn water safety skills, develop confidence in and around the water and enjoy the benefits of water exercise.
“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it has many health benefits,” said Jennifer Bristow, Aquatics/ Health and Fitness Coordinator at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. “The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices. We encourage kids and adults to take swim lessons – it’s never too late to learn.”
The Y encourages families to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority. The Greater Marco Family YMCA recommends the following safety tips for children and adults:
- Never swim alone: make sure you are always in a supervised area.
- Adults should constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
- Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on or around the water.
- Children who are beginners should stay within arm’s reach of an adult in the water.
As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. This philosophy drives the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s commitment to help children and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming.
At the Greater Marco Family YMCA, programs for children and adults include AM Aquatics, Swim Lessons for children, Saturday Swim lessons, Private Adult and Child swim lessons, Aqua Zumba, Begineer and Advanced Youth Swim teams.
To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.
To learn more about the Greater Marco Family YMCA swim programs, please contact: Jennifer Bristow, 239-394-3144 ext. 222 or email Jennifer@marcoislandymca.org
Greater Marco Family YMCA Summer Specialty Camps
Sport-N-Splash Camp- children ages 6-10. June 20 to June 24 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Joe Lyons Roller Hockey Camp- children ages 4-7. June 27-June 29 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 10 participant minimum. 15 participant maximum
Gymnastics Camp- children ages 6 and up. Session 1- June 13 to June 17 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 8 participant minimum
Tim Cain Baseball Camp- children ages 8-15. Session 1- June 27 to July 1 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 10 participant minimum
Junior Tennis Clinics
- June 13 through June 30
- July 11 through July 29
- August 1 through August 19
QuickStart- ages 4-7
- Red Group– ages 4-5. Mondays and Wednesdays. 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
- Orange Group– ages 5-6. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Junior Academy Tennis
- Option 1 Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Option 2 Monday thru Friday. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Youth Swim Lessons- ages 6 months and up Classes held Monday thru Thursday for 2 weeks
- June 6- June 16
- June 27-July 7
- July 18-July 28
- August 8- August 18
Scott Stewart Basketball Camp- Children ages 7-15. July 11 to 15 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Special Guest Speaker from the NBA- David Wood
Girl’s Volleyball Camp- girls ages 7-15. Session 1- July 18 to July 22
Beginners: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Advanced- 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 12 participant minimum
VBS 5 Day School – children ages 5 to 12.
- Session 1- July 11 to 15 – 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Session 2- July 18 to 22 – 10:00 a.m. to 11; 30 p.m.
British Challenger Soccer- children ages 3-14. Session 1- July 11-15 Various times and sessions available. Register online at www.challengersports.com
Saturday Swim lessons– ages 6 mos. To 12 years
July 9 to August 27 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.( various classes scheduled)
Cross Country Camp – Grades 6-9. August 1-5 7:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. 10 participant minimum
Gymnastics Camp-children ages 6 and up. Session 2- August 1 to August 5
Girls Volleyball Camp- girls ages 7-15. Session 2- August 8 to August 12 Beginners- 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Advanced- 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 12 participant minimum
Tim Cain Baseball Camp- for children ages 8-15. Session 2- August 8 to August 12 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 10 participant minimum
British Challenger Soccer- children ages 3-14. August 8 to August 12 Various times and sessions available
About the Y
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.marcoislandymca.org