YMCA of Montclair Announces New Classes for Kids 7-9; Opens Swim Lessons to Community

The Geyer Family Branch of the YMCA of Montclair is ‘springing’ into action bringing new programs for youth ages 7-9. These are in addition to their already packed schedule for youth through age 6. Classes will include sports such as track and field and soccer, and creative arts classes like movie making, baking, and creating spa products.

“The YMCA continues to increase program opportunities for all ages giving those individuals youth and families options that suit their schedules, interests and needs. Our staff is so excited to welcome more kids to the Geyer Family Center to learn, explore and try new things,” said Justine Biendon, director of the Geyer Family Branch.

Additionally, beginning with the start of the Spring II session on April 29, both the Geyer Family Branch and Park Street Branches of the YMCA of Montclair will offer swim lessons that are open to the community. Previously, swim lessons at both branches were only open to members, making these changes quite significant and in many cases to come, potentially life saving.

“Water safety is one of our highest priorities and with summer quickly approaching, this is the perfect time to teach kids how to swim and for parents to refresh their own skills,” said Tammy Como, Association aquatics director at the YMCA of Montclair. “We have different levels of classes so there’s something for everyone. Our door is always open and we encourage you to come see for yourself.”

As an established nonprofit committed to youth development, for almost 100 years the Y has been a leader in providing swimming lessons and water safety, including:

  • In 2018 alone, the Y offered scholarships to 95 individuals of all ages, awarding a total of $16,400 in swim and water safety.
  • Offering Safety Around Water, a FREE water safety program each summer to help people of all ages, especially children, to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices. In 2018 alone, 150 children and adults participated. The program will be offered again June 24-June 28 at both YMCA of Montclair locations.
  • Providing free swim lessons to four-year-old children from the Montclair Child Development Center Head Start program. The program started in 2017 with 40 children and grew to over 50 the following year. Typically, these children would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn how to swim.
  • Offering a Mission Swim Possible Special Needs Program for children with different needs and abilities.
  • Teaching American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor Training.
  • “You would be hard pressed to find someplace else in the community with such a long history and deep experience with water safety,” said Como. “With membership no longer a barrier and competitive pricing, we’ve made it easier than ever to take swim lessons at the Y. Beyond its heathy attributes, swimming is a life-saving skill for all.”

    Registration for Spring II at both branches begins on April 22. To learn more, visit montclairymca.org.

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