YMCA Offers Swim Instruction Scholarships

YMCAAs part of the YMCA’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from under-served communities in the Scranton & Wilkes-Barre regions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years old. In ethnically diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is two to three times higher than the national average, according to a USA Swimming study. Additionally 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 how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Diana Dempsey, Senior Aquatics Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs. “The Y’s 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 150 years.  The Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs continue to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including swim lessons for all ages, family swim, competitive swimming, water aerobics and more.

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 also teaches 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 qualify for financial assistance, visit our websites or call: www.greaterscrantonymca.org, (570) 342-8115, or www.wbymca.org, (570) 823-2191.


Kiwanis Club supports YMCA Learn to Swim program

Kiwanis learn to swim photo

Kiwanis Club of Scranton recently presented the Greater Scranton YMCA with a $1,200 contribution to support the 2016 Learn to Swim Program.

The GS YMCA’s Annual Learn to Swim Program gives children an opportunity to learn new swimming skills and improve skills they already know. These concentrated one-week sessions will incorporate safety around needed water skills.

Due to the Kiwanis Club donation, each one-week session is offered for $25 ($5/lesson). The one-week sessions will run from June 20-24 and June 27-July 1. For registration information, visit: http://greaterscrantonymca.org/Aquatics-323.htm

Shown from left: Mark Lynn, president, Kiwanis Club of Scranton; Trish Fisher, CEO, Greater Scranton YMCA; Meghan Carnevale, Mission Advancement & Marketing Director, Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs, and Alexandra Tantorn, vice president, Kiwanis Club of Scranton