Ready, Set, Swim!
Children are almost never too young to begin a lifelong love of the water. Aquatics (swimming and other water activities) benefits youngsters through teens for so many reasons. Here are just a few:
- Water safety skills
- Improved swimming strokes
- Increased muscle mass
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved flexibility and strength
- Builds endurance and stamina
- Improves the physique
- Teaches patience
- Children have fun while they learn
At the YW, there are swimming lessons for all ages and levels. For your youngest swimmers, there's DolphinBabies, a great intro to the water for ages 6 months to 3 years and DolphinTots which teaches swimming basics to 3-5-year-olds. Our DolphinsPrep aquatics program for ages 5 - 12 (with classes for 13-18 year-olds as well) further build skills and agility. More advanced swimmers can choose from Scuba (including PADI Certification, for 10 year-olds and up), American Red Cross Lifeguard Training.
For swimming stars (ages 5 to 12) the YW's own Dolphins Swim Team offers a competitive, age-group program that holds memberships in Connecticut Swimming, Connecticut Y Swim League and United States Swimming, Inc.
Now in its 47th year, the team provides the community with a program that teaches members teamwork while building physical and emotional strength as well as speed and endurance.
For questions contact the YWCA Aquatics Department at (203) 869-6501, ext. 121.