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 hosted 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 second summer practicing water safety at the Y, Horizons campers ages 5 to 12 received 24 swim lessons over six weeks. Director of Aquatics at the Y, Josephine Rojas-Einstman shared, “Teaching water safety to a younger age group is imperative for a lifetime of safety in and out of the water.” 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. “Swim safety is so important to our program and to each and every one of our children – and their families! We are blessed to have the partnership with the Y and its wonderful staff,” added Joanna Williams, Horizons Board Vice Chair.

“It is necessary 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, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. We are so proud to bring this life-saving skill to the children of the Horizons program,” said Craig Panzano, Executive Director at the New Canaan YMCA.

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 6 months and older. The Y’s swim lesson program allows students to 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 Y, contact Josephine Rojas-Einstman, Director of Aquatics, at 203-920-1650 or