As swim season approaches, the Darien YMCA reminds kids and adults about the importance of practicing safety when in and around the water.

The Y offers a variety of programs in which swimmers can have fun while developing confidence, engaging in physical activity and learning safety skills.

"The Darien YMCA is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices," said Amy D'Andrea, assistant aquatics director at the Darien YMCA. "We encourage kids and adults to have fun when in and around the water, but to always make safety their first priority."

The YMCA will offer "Try A Class" for preschool-aged children to provide even more opportunities to teach children water skills in time for summer. Y members and nonmembers are invited to try one complimentary swim class to see how much fun children can have while learning this important life skill. Contact Amy D'Andrea for more information about "Try A Class" at 203-655-8228, ext. 1307.

In addition to swimming lessons and swim team, the Darien Y provides lifeguard certification classes. This year for the first time, classes include an optional module that allows for certification on all waterfronts, including beach and lake, as well as pool. For more information, contact Jim Matthews 203-655-8228, ext. 1332.

For information, visit www.darien-ymca.org. Financial assistance is available to those in need to help cover the costs.

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