Rockland County YMCA

FREE Learn to Swim Program

Nyack, NY–March 12, 2019 The Rockland County YMCA has received a grant from YUSA to continue to provide FREE "Safety Around Water" / learn to swim lessons  to children from under served communities in Rockland County.

The Rockland County YMCA will be working in partnerships with the Nyack Center, Nyack School District and Rockland and Orange chapter of Jack & Jill of America to identify and register interested children in Rockland County starting in June 2019. 

  • During the school year we offer FREE classes for the Nyack Center on Thursday afternoons - for 2017-18 school year we served 50 kids.
  • During the summer we plan to offer FREE classes to 48 kids from throughout Rockland County

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14, nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts. “Educating children about how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Maire Brosnan Katavolos, Senior Vice President. “The Y teaches children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, and this practice not only saves lives, it builds confidence.”

The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 50 years. In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing—skills that last a lifetime.

To learn how to register for this program, please contact Jessica Keavney at

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