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Drowning Elimination

The world is 71% water. Are your children 100% prepared?


The YMCA is uniquely suited to meet our community’s health and well-being needs, every day.

Help Keep Your Children Safe

Drowning can happen nearly anywhere with standing water. Parents and caregivers need to equip them with the tools they need to be confident in and around water, so they don’t lose out on the health benefits of exercise, the opportunities to bond with family and friends and the sense of accomplishment when they learn new skills. Teaching children how to be safe around water is a necessity. The YMCA can help you make sure your children learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

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In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, people of all ages can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation, and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.

DID YOU KNOW? LHY now has certified Scouts of America merit counselors to help your scout finish or obtain their Aquatics Badges. Find out how we can help by contacting Aquatics Director Ed Soder.

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Youth Swim Classes

The basis of Y swim lessons is water safety skills. Students learn personal water safety and achieve basic swimming competency by learning two benchmark skills: swim, float, swim—sequencing front glide, roll, back float, roll, front glide and exit—and jump, push, turn, grab.

As students progress, they are taught in swim lessons the recommended skills for all to have around water, including safe water habits, underwater exploration and how to swim to safety and exit in the event of falling into a body of water.

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Parent/Child Swim Lessons

At the YMCA, our goal is to create a healthy respect for water to keep youth safe while creating a lifelong love of aquatics environments. Infants and toddlers will be introduced to the aquatic environment safely and comfortably to gain confidence and a healthy respect for the water. As students progress and grow, they begin to explore body positions, blowing bubbles and fundamental safety and aquatics skills.

*Parent must participate in the water with child during the class

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Backyard Pool Swim Lessons

This program brings the Y’s trained swimming instructors to the convenience of your own backyard pool for uniquely tailored swim lessons.

This summer program (May-August) consists of 30-minute lessons for up to four swimmers (same age and ability). Lesson times are between 9 a.m. and Noon, and 4-7 p.m. weekdays only. Swim instruction is customized to meet the needs and goals of participant or group as a whole. Choose from three packages to fit your summer schedule!

Questions? Contact Bridget Knodel.

Community Impact

Lakeland Hills Y is not just the center of the community; it is the community center. Our Y is invested in the health and wellness of our community, across all ages. This is evidenced by our support and attendance at local, county, regional, and statewide events. We participate in annual events for schools, townships, nonprofits, civic, and service organizations. Visit our Community Impact Page to see what we are up to.

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Want to Know More?

Our Y has numerous experts and professionals to speak on a diverse variety of topics including Early Education, Childcare, and Parenting; Physical Health and Wellness and Health Coaching; Customer Service; Aquatics, Swim Safety, and Lifeguard Instruction; Educational Services including Social-Emotion Learning, Teen Community Service, and Afterschool Enrichment; and many more topics. Harnessing the power of a global nonprofit, Lakeland Hills Y has almost unmatched access to support community and corporate partners. These partnerships allow our Y to offer intrinsic value when combining resources and personnel.

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Healthy Living, Youth Development and Social Responsibility 

Adult health and wellness is just part of the overall experience at Lakeland Hills Y. With our three areas of focus: Healthy Living, Youth Development, and Social Responsibility, we are invested in creating lasting memories and experiences for children of all ages: From infants to teens to young adults. Our youth development program includes “Y Beyond the Walls” featuring programs, classes, certifications, and events held offsite as well as onsite at our facility

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Providing Limited Membership Donations…

As part of our Community Service initiatives, Lakeland Hills Y is now providing limited membership donations to local schools and nonprofit organizations on a select basis. Eligibility requirements must be met.

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