Summer Swim Lessons Return at the Y!

The New Canaan YMCA is excited to announce that summer swim lessons are back! Weekly private, semi-private, and small group parent/child swim lessons are offered to New Canaan YMCA members over the course of a 5-week session.

In accordance with State guidelines, the Y is offering private and semi-private lessons for children ages 5-12 who are able to swim on their own. Private and semi-private lessons include one-on-one and two-on-one swim instruction. Instructors will remain at the side of the pool to maintain distancing, yet provide meaningful and safe instruction to develop water skills. At this time, semi-private lessons are only offered to families who have two children in the same household. For children ages six months to 12 years who require assistance in the water, small group parent-child classes are also available. Instructors for these classes will also remain at the side of the pool and will provide guidance and instruction for parents and children to follow together.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1-4. As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the New Canaan YMCA has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety in the New Canaan community for over 50 years. The Y’s swim lessons program not only strives to teach children how to swim, but also builds strength, safety skills, and confidence in the water.

In addition to private and smaller classes, additional COVID-19 protocols include that masks are required at all times except while in the water during a lesson. Swim lesson participants must arrive with a mask, towel, and ready to swim. Lifeguards wear masks on the pool deck and instructors wear face shields when in the water. Participants in swim lessons will be spaced out in the water for proper distancing. All equipment and touch points are sanitized after each lesson, and the pool deck is sanitized at the end of the day. As a further precaution, the Y’s high-touch surfaces and equipment have been treated with MicroShield 360, an FDA-approved antimicrobial coating system which has been proven to constantly reduce germs by greater than 99% on treated surfaces even after routine cleaning.

Registration is now available for New Canaan YMCA members online or at the Y Front Desk. Summer memberships are available for purchase at the Front Desk. For more information about summer swim lesson offerings at the New Canaan YMCA and COVID-19 protocols, click here or contact Matt Busse, Director of Pool Operations, at 203-920-1643 | mbusse@newcanaanymca.org.