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New Canaan YMCA & Horizons 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 third summer practicing water safety at the Y, Horizons campers in preschool through eighth grade attended three lessons per day with a total of 68 swim lessons over six weeks. “Swimming is a cornerstone of Horizons at Norwalk Community College’s programming every summer. Partnering with the New Canaan YMCA gives our students access to opportunity, a chance to learn an important lifesaving skill, and a fun summer that includes jumping in the pool!” 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 the importance of water safety in and out of the pool to every child. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in U.S. 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.

“Educating the youth in our community about water safety is our mission and passion; we strive to provide an opportunity for each and every child to learn how to swim at any age,” shared Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations 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 Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations, at 203-920-1643 or mbusse@newcanaanymca.org.

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