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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, Alex Fraser.

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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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Lifeguarding Certification 15+ Years Old

Gain the skill and knowledge you need to provide care and act in an emergency with our American Red Cross® Certification programs in lifeguarding. These critical skills for young Teens through Adults make us all safer and open job opportunities for those who achieve certification. Contact the aquatics department for dates.

We are seeking certified lifeguards. Day, evening and weekend shifts available. Competitive salary and free individual YMCA membership to all staff! To register for certification, click button below. You will be directed to Certification Page for registration button.

Salary $15.13 – $20 for Part Time Shift Lifeguards

Questions? Contact Alex Fraser, Aquatics Director: alexf@lhymca.com

Certification Courses

More on Swimming at the Y

Our swim lesson program is designed to help kids develop a lifelong love of the water with competency, confidence and endurance.

Parent or Guardian/Child classes for children under age 3 years (or not potty trained) offer the opportunity for toddlers to become comfortable in the water with the security of a parent or guardian. Please have your child wear a waterproof swim diaper. No disposable diapers at any time.

Preschool classes for children 3-6 years (and potty trained) start them on the way to becoming a swimmer with four progressive levels starting with “Pike” class. Basic swimming skills with seven progressive levels starting with “Polliwog” class will be introduced in our Youth classes for children 7-15 years.

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Lesson Placement & Registration

If your child is new to our program (or has not participated at our Y for more than sex months), you must set up an evaluation to determine their swim level before registering for a class. Email Aquatics Department for an appointment at Aquatics@lhymca.com. If your child is currently enrolled in lessons, go to our Swimming Page (link below) to check the appropriate swim level for which your child should sign up. Evaluation is not needed for a beginner.

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It is not uncommon for participants to remain in the same skill level for multiple sessions while they develop all the skills necessary to advance. Our swim philosophy believes in the use of bubbles (flotation devices) to help children gradually become accustomed to the water. We remove the bubbles periodically throughout the program to test your child’s buoyancy and to build confidence.

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Lakeland Hills Y Competitive Swim Team

The purpose of the Lakeland Hills Family YMCA Competitive Swim Team is to use competition as a means of learning the lifelong values of goal setting and discipline for success.

Swimmers will learn to improve their skills as well as learn the value of teamwork and sportsmanship within a competitive atmosphere led by capable coaches. Our coaches exemplify YMCA leaders who strive to build not only character but children who are healthy in body, mind and spirit.

The Lakeland Hills Y Swim Team competes in the NJ YMCA Swim League and USA Swimming competitions. With a long tradition of winning and sportsmanship, Lakeland Hills Y has a coaching staff dedicated to the development of the all-around swimmer. For more information, contact the swim team office or log on to our team website at: http://www.lhyswim.com/

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