The Gateway Family YMCA Five Points Branch is offering scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children whose families qualify in Roselle Park. This offer is a part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years old.
“Educating children how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Charles Cook, Aquatics Director at the Five Points Branch, “The Y teaches children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared. This practice not only saves lives, it builds confidence.”
The Y, celebrating 171 years of service, has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for the community. The Gateway Family YMCA – Five Points Branch continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including Youth and Teen Aquatic classes, the Rapids Swim Team, Adult Water Exercise Classes, Adult Swim Classes, and Personalized Instruction.
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children 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—skills that last a lifetime.
To learn how to qualify for this scholarship or financial assistance at the Five Points Branch, please contact Judith Greene at (908) 688-9622. More information on The Gateway Family YMCA can be found on their website (link).