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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Learn-to-Swim Week Aims to Keep Youth Safe in the Water

The Montecito Family YMCA will host the 20th Annual SPLASH: Learn to Swim Week Monday, March 25th through March 29th at Ortega Pool (640 N. Salsipuedes Street) centered in Santa Barbara’s East Side community.


Kids swim class kicking.
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Kids swim class kicking.

SPLASH: Learn-to-Swim Week is a water safety program offered to participants in the community who have little or no swimming ability at a reduced fee of $10 for the week. This course will introduce the aquatic environment to beginners, teach basic learn-to-swim skills, and increase water safety awareness for families. The Y’s goal is to make everyone feel safe and comfortable in and around the water. The Y has been teaching people to swim for over a century and is well equipped to meet this pressing community need. Through a partnership with the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, the Y has been able to teach over 3,150 kids through this one week community program over the past 20 years.

Swimmers and Non-swimmers ages 5-13 are invited to participate in the week-long program of 30 minute swim and water safety lessons. Swim lesson start times: 11:00 pm, 11:30 pm, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 2:30 pm. The program is offered to the entire community for a low cost of $10 for the week. Participants will need to bring a towel, suit, sunscreen, and goggles if needed. Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can help a child in need by donating swimsuits, towels, or goggles to Splash: Learn to Swim Week. Items can be dropped off at the Montecito Family YMCA or the Los Banos pool.

To register or learn more about the SPLASH: Learn to swim program visit ciymca.org/montecito or call James Heidlebaugh at 969-3288.

About the Montecito Family YMCA:

The Montecito Family YMCA is a branch of the Channel Islands YMCA, a leading nonprofit strengthening Santa Barbara and Ventura counties through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility since 1887.

The Montecito Family YMCA engages over 5,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

The Montecito Family YMCA located at 591 Santa Rosa Lane offers before & after school childcare, day & resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs, pre-school and many more healthy lifestyles and community strengthening programs. To learn more visit ciymca.org/montecito.

About the Channel Islands YMCA:

The Channel Islands YMCA’s include Camarillo Family YMCA, Lompoc Family YMCA, Montecito Family YMCA, Santa Barbara Family YMCA, Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, Ventura Family YMCA, and Youth and Family Services YMCA.

The Channel Islands YMCA serves over 46,000 individuals and provides over $1.3 million in financial assistance to families in need for child care, YMCA memberships, away and day camps, youth sports, and teen after-school programs.

Mission: The Channel Islands YMCA is a charitable organization providing programs based upon Christian principles to men, women and children of all ages, races, religious beliefs and economic status to develop and enrich the spirit, mind and body.

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