By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

June 25, 2012 -

The YMCA offers a way to get involved with the community through water. Swim lessons are not only a way to promote social responsibility but can assist in youth development and healthy living. According to Jennifer Jones, the Aquatics Director at the YMCA, “swimming lessons are very important. In the state of Florida we are surrounded by water and particularly in our county lots of people have residential swimming pools.” The YMCA offers a variety of aquatic classes including water aerobics, scuba classes, and swimming lessons for day camp participants.

Department of Children and Family Communications Director, Nicole Stookey, says “learning how to swim is just one of the layers of protection that people can take in promoting water safety activities and the lessons that they can learn here at the YMCA will take them throughout their whole lives." Learning to swim is not only a skill that can potentially save your life but can also be a fun way to spend your time during the hot summer months. Jones says "it’s enjoyable to swim. There are a variety of aquatic activities, its great exercise, it's really good for your skin to be out in the sun with a proper amount of sun screen,"

Swimming lessons are available at the y through all different types of times and groupings such as private lessons, semi-private lessons and group lessons. According to Jones, "you have middle school, you have our adult/teen classes, our adult classes are filling up and it's really exciting when you have the active adults come out and they want to work on their technique"

One of the benefits of joining the YMCA is that every paid member that joins is reinvesting in the community. At the YMCA, no one is turned away. Financial assistance is offered for memberships which can include swim lessons. Stookey states "the dollars that you pay can help other people that may not necessarily have the means to have the experience that you can to be able to take advantage of the different services and programs that are offered at a program like the YMCA."

For more information on joining a local YMCA or the aquatics classes offered contact the Capital Region YMCA located at 2001 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 877-6151 or on their website at Additionally you can follow them on Twitter at

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