SkanRaces Swim Free Program for 2011

Seven year-olds can get free swim lessons at the Y thanks to collaboration between SkanRaces.com and the Auburn YMCA-WEIU and Skaneateles YMCA and Community Center. Starting with swim lesson sessions in January 2011, if a child is seven years old during any portion of the swim session, then that child is eligible to participate in the session at no charge, thanks to the support of program sponsor SkanRaces.

"Living here in the Finger Lakes where water activities abound, it is critical for the safety and wellbeing of our communities that all children develop basic swimming and water safety skills," said Dave Hamilton, Aquatics Director at the Auburn YMCA-WEIU. "Drowning is preventable and children who have not learned to swim by age seven are at-risk. We want to help increase community safety by providing swimming instruction at no program cost to all families with seven year-olds - especially those with children who have not yet learned to swim. The folks at SKanRaces are partnering with us in this important work as sponsor of the SkanRaces Swim Free Program and providing the financial backing to make it possible."

Years ago, the 4th Grade classes in the Auburn School District would come to the Y for swim lessons. The Auburn Y is instituting the Skanraces.com Swim Free Program to try and achieve similar ends - teaching swimming to kids for safety and for lifelong recreation. That goal is a great match with the mission of the SkanRaces organization and it is excited to support this program and the children who will be involved. The SkanRaces Swim Free Program will be available at all the pools managed by the Y - in Auburn, in Skaneateles, and at Casey Park next summer.

Swim lessons for children of all ages - six months to 99 years - are offered year-round at the Ys in Auburn and Skaneateles. The YMCA Program Brochure has swim lesson class dates, times, and descriptions. First-time seven year-old swimmers should sign-up for the Polliwog class. Returning swimmers should sign-up for the level recommended on their last Swim Lesson Progress Report. Register for classes by calling or visiting our Member Service Desk, or visiting our website and registering on-line.

Additional information on this and other Aquatic programs offered at the YMCA is available by contacting Dave Hamilton or visiting the website: (315) 253-5304/ www.auburnymca.org.

Additional information on various racing events offered by SkanRaces.com is available by visiting their website: http://www.SkanRaces.com

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