In western countries, summer may seem like the most ideal for swimming. Regardless, experts are still saying that the best time to learn to swim is right now. This will enable that both the parents as well as their children have ample time to become accustomed and confident in the water.

“Learning swimming skills takes time. As drowning remains the second leading cause of death nationwide in children ages 4-14, it is never too soon to begin teaching children water safety,” stated Arthur Soybel, senior director of aquatics for the Somerset Valley YMCA’s Bridgewater branch. In a attempt to keep both children and adults safe around the water, the nonprofit Somerset Valley YMCA is offering a wide range of swim programs at its Bridgewater, Hillsborough and Somerville branches. These programs are set to commence in February and infants as young as six months all the way till intermediate adults will be eligible to participate.

“At the Y, we are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming skills and water safety practices,” added Lisa Slover, aquatics director at the Hillsborough YMCA branch. Apart from their regular schedule of swim lessons, the Somerville and Hillsborough locations will also be providing a 1-week Y SPLASH swim class somewhere in April. These classes are a basic introduction to swimming for children ages three till eleven who are not able to swim yet. “Our goal is to save lives,” explained Frank Oliver, aquatics director at the Somerville YMCA branch.

To make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in their swim safety programs, the YMCA, a 501c nonprofit, offers financial aid to those in need to help cover the cost. As a nonprofit committed to youth development, the YMCA has been a leader globally in providing swim lessons and water safety for many years. Their purpose is to help youths as well as adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so that they can be healthy, confident and secure when they are in the water. For more of the story, you can check it out here.

At Happy Fish Swim School, we also do our best in helping Singaporeans pick up this lifelong skill. We have a variety of swimming lessons available. Hence, those young infants all the way till the more senior citizens would be able to experience the joy of swimming with our certified instructors.