Governor Rell Announces Free Swim Lessons at State Parks and YMCAs

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Free Swim Lessons at State Parks and YMCAsGovernor M. Jodi Rell announced today that the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Connecticut Alliance of YMCAs are teaming up to help make certain Connecticut’s families are safe at the beach or swimming pool this summer by sponsoring numerous activities for a Water Safety Week and offering free swim lessons at YMCAs and state parks.

Governor Rell said DEP and the YMCAs have scheduled Water Safety Week for next week, June 23-28. The week will feature free water safety programs at YMCAs across the state and a special family Water Safety Extravaganza at Indian Well State Park, Shelton, on June 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission to the park will be free for this event.

“Free swim lessons will take place at eight YMCAs and six state parks across the state,” Governor Rell said. “This focus on water safety is a perfect complement to our efforts to encourage Connecticut’s families to spend more time outdoors. We want our families to have a safe and enjoyable experience when they visit a beach or a pool. Sharing water safety information and offering free swim lessons to them helps accomplish that goal.”

The lessons are funded by DEP and three other state agencies with a strong interest in the well being of families and young people: the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund.

Information about Water Safety Week Activities and the free swim lessons at YMCAs and the state parks will be available at www.ct.gov/dep and www.nochildleftinside.org . Details on swimming programs at local YMCAs are also available at www.ymca.net

 

Details on Free Swim Lessons at State Parks

Under the DEP/YMCA free swim lesson program, lessons will take place at the following state parks:

  •  Black Rock, Thomaston

    July 2nd to August 13th – Wednesdays

  • All at Black Rock State Park from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Contact Pattie Flaherty
  • Waterbury YMCA 203-754-9622 ext. 112
  •  Burr Pond, Torrington

    June 30th to July 15th – Monday to Thursday

  • All at Burr Pond
  • Contract Sabrina Smeltz, Northwestern Middlesex YMCA 860-824-2788
  •  Rocky Neck, East Lyme

    July 14th to 18th – Monday through Friday

  • All at Rocky Neck State Park – mornings
  • Contact person Cathy, YMCA of Southeastern Connecticut 860-889-7349
  •  Sherwood Island, Westport

    July 11th to August 22nd

  • All at Sherwood Island – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Contact Maureen Scinto or Erin Russell
  • Fairfield YMCA 203-255-2834 ext. 2318 or ext. 2325
  • August 4th to 8th Monday to Friday
  • All at Sherwood Island – afternoons
  • Contact Karin Guariglia, Westport YMCA 203-226-8981 ext. 128
  •  Squantz Pond, New Fairfield

    July 28th to August 1st Monday to Friday

  • All classes at Squantz Pond – afternoons
  • Contact Veronika, 203-744-1000 ext. 106, or Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut 203-744-1000 ext. 106
  •  Stratton Brook, Simsbury

    July 8, 15, 22 – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Stratton Brook State Park

  • All lessons at Stratton Brook
  • Contact Michael Kerrigan
  • Greater Hartford YMCA 860-793-9631
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    Details on Free Swim Lessons at YMCAs

    Waterbury

    June 23rd to July 16th, with two lessons at Black Rock State Park July 14th and 16th

  • July 21st to August 13th, with two lessons at Black Rock State Park August 11th and 13th
  • Contact Patti Flaherty, Waterbury YMCA 203-754-9622 ext. 112
  •  New Britain

    June 23rd to June 27th 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm and 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm, with one lesson a field trip to Black Rock State Park

  • Contact Christian Pollard, New Britain YMCA 860-229-3787
  •  Stratford

    June 27th to August 22nd – Fridays, with first six classes at the Stratford YMCA and two at Indian Wells State Park

  • Contact Courtney and Lisa at 203-375-5844 ext. 16
  •  Bridgeport

    June 23rd to July 19th and July 27th to August 23rd at the Bridgeport YMCA, with one lesson at Sherwood Island State Park

  • Contact Christine Morandi, Bridgeport YMCA 203-334-5551 ext. 16
  •  New Haven

    In July, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with one lesson at Silver Sands State Park

  • Contact Suzy Killbridge, New Haven Youth Center YMCA 203-776-9622
  •  Danbury

    June 30th and August 11th on Mondays, with five classes at Green Knoll pool and two classes at Squantz Pond August 4th and August 11th

  • Contact person Sonya Williams, Green Knolls YMCA, 203-775-4444 ext. 133
  •  Hartford

    June 23rd to 27th at the Learning Corridor with three lessons at Stratton Brook State Park on July 8, 15, 22, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Contact Michael Kerrigan, Greater Hartford YMCA 860-793-9631
  •  Meriden

    Seven weeks at Meriden YMCA, with two lessons at Wadsworth State park

  • Contact Jamie Tennyson 860-729-9748

Water Safety Week will conclude with a special family Water Safety Extravaganza at Indian Well State Park, Shelton, from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, June 28. Admission to the park will be free for this event. The day will be filled with interactive games, water safety tips, boating safety demonstrations and more. Other partners for the Extravaganza include the American Red Cross and the Connecticut State Police.

Other Water Safety Week activities:

 

 

 

  • June 21 and June 28 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • OutDoor Program center at Connecticut Hospice Pool
  • Contact Suzy, Soundview Family YMCA at 203-481-9622

 

 

 

  • June 23 and 25 – 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Bridgeport YMCA
  • Contact Christine Morandi, Bridgeport YMCA 203-334-5551

 

 

 

  • June 23 to June 29 – Monday through Friday or Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 12:30 pm
  • Fairfield YMCA
  • Contact Maureen Scinto, Fairfield YMCA 203-255-2834 ext. 2318 or Erin Russell ext. 2325

 

 

 

  • June 23 to 28
  • Greenwich YMCA
  • Contact Bob Meadows, Greenwich YMCA 203-869-1630

 

 

 

  • June 23 – June 27
  • Learning Corridor- 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Contact Michael Kerrigan, Downtown Hartford YMCA 860-793-9631

 

 

 

  • June 23 – 27 – 10 am to 12 pm
  • Contact JJ Addison, Northern Middlesex YMCA 860-347-6907

 

 

 

  • June 23 to 28
  • Contact Heather Sargeant, Ocean Community YMCA 860-536-3575

 

 

 

  • June 21 to June 28 and back yard pool workshop June 21
  • Contact Josephine Rojas, New Canaan YMCA 203-966-4528 ext. 1361

 

 

 

  • June 21 to June 17
  • Contact Barbara Bachuretz, Naugatuck YMCA 203-729-9622

 

 

 

  • June 27 – Friday – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Contact Carolyn Boyce, Norwalk YMCA 203-866-4425 ext. 307

 

 

 

  • June 9 – June 13 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Contact Michael Kerrigan, Wheeler Regional Family YMCA 860-793-9631

 

 

 

  • June 16 to 20
  • Contact Lisa or Courtney, Stratford YMCA 203-375-5844

 

 

 

  • June 23 to 28
  • Contact Barbra Glaude, Southington Cheshire YMCA

 

 

 

  • June 21 -1:00 to 2:30 pm and June 27 – 5:30 to 7:00 pm
  • At the Lakewood YMCA Camp and outdoor center
  • Contact Marta Waldron Lakewood Trumbull YMCA 203-261-2566

 

 

 

  • June 28th 1-3 pm
  • At the Wallingford Community Pool
  • June 16 to 20 SPLASH/Be Water Safe $5 fee
  • At the Wallingford YMCA
  • Contact Pam VanderWeele, Wallingford YMCA 203-269-4497 ext. 20

 

 

 

  • June 24 6:00 to 7:30 pm Backyard pool safety and Beach safety (all ages with parent)
  • June 26 1:00 to 3:00 pm Pool Safety and fun water games (for children ages 12-17)
  • June 27 5:30 to 8:00 pm Pool Safety and family swim time (for all ages with parent)
  • Contact Patti Flaherty, Waterbury YMCA 203-754-2181 ext. 112

 

 

 

  • June 23, 25, 27 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Contact Heather Valley Shore YMCA 860-399-9622 ext. 32

 

 

 

  • June 25 – Wednesday 6:30 pm Talk for parents about water safety
  • Contact Kim Scofield, Wilton YMCA 203-762-8384 ext. 211

Wilton

– Free – speaker Jack Harder of the American Red Cross

Westbrook

– SPLASH- Free Water Safety Program

Waterbury

– Free Water Safety Week Programs

Wallingford

– Free Water Safety Program

Trumbull

– SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Southington Cheshire

– SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Stratford

– Splash Water Safety program $5 fee

Plainville

-SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Norwalk

– Free Water Safety Program

Naugatuck –

Water Safety Program

New Canaan

– Free Water Safety Week

Mystic –

Boating Safety

Middletown

– SPLASH Water Safety Program

Hartford 

– SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Greenwich

– Water Safety Awareness Week

Fairfield

 – SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Bridgeport

– SPLASH Free Water Safety Program

Branford –

SPLASH Free Water Safety Program