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Horizons & the Y Partner to Teach Water Safety

As part of its commitment to strengthening community through youth development and healthy living, the Y once again welcomed the Horizons Summer Camp for swim lessons this summer, teaching water safety, strengthening swim skills, and giving children the chance to explore the many health benefits of swimming.

In its fourth summer practicing water safety at the Y, 118 Horizons campers in preschool through eighth grade attended three lessons per day, completing a total of 72 swim lessons over six weeks. “The New Canaan YMCA partnership is so important to Horizons at Norwalk Community College. During our summer program, Horizon students are at the YMCA multiple times a week and learn the important lifesaving skills of swimming and water safety. The confidence they gain from excelling at swimming spills over into the classroom and everyday lives. We look forward to more summers with the Y!” shared Renee Rosenbluh, Horizons at Norwalk Community College Executive Director.

Horizons at Norwalk Community College is an award-winning, tuition-free academic and enrichment program serving under-resourced students from the Norwalk community. Through the program, each child thrives through Horizons’ learn-by-doing approach, inspiring students to explore reading, math, science, music, theater, art, swimming and more.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is vital to teach all children the importance of water safety in and out of the pool. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in U.S. in children ages 1 to 4, and the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in kids ages 5 to 19. Upon completion of the six weeks of swim lessons, each Horizons camper left the pool with improvement in at least one area of water safety.

“As part of our Y’s mission, we strive to teach our community’s kids the importance of water safety through swim lesson opportunities for all ages, instilling each and every child with confidence in and out of the water,” shared Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director at the Y.

The Y’s swim lesson program is designed to teach safety, confidence, and strength in the water in a supportive and nurturing environment for children ages six months and older. Swim lessons participants learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency through mastering the six stages of the program, from water acclimation to stroke mechanics. For additional information about the swim lesson program at the New Canaan YMCA, contact Emily Daymonde, Aquatics Director, at 203-920-1652 or edaymonde@newcanaanymca.org.

For additional information about Horizons at Norwalk Community College, visit www.horizonsncc.org.