"Kids need to be comfortable in the pool and understand water safety," says Meghan Lopez, Conejo YMCA aquatics director. "In Southern California, kids are often around pools or at the beach. It's important that they know the necessary skills to be safe--and to enjoy their time in the water."
The Y offers lessons at every skill level designed to reinforce good water habits in children who already have had swim lessons and to build confidence and abilities in those who are just learning. "Some children realize they love swimming so much that they eventually join the Y's swim team," says Lopez.
Classes are for children as young as 6 months (parent/tot class) where they learn to have fun and be comfortable in the water, to age six and older where they fine-tune swim strokes and breathing techniques. Children advance at their own pace.
The Conejo Y, Miller Family YMCA of Newbury Park and the Simi Valley Family YMCA all feature indoor swimming pools with water temperatures at 84 degrees and hydrotherapy pools at 92 degrees. Triunfo YMCA swim classes take place at the Agoura High School pool.
For more information about summer swim classes, swim teams and junior lifeguard training, contact the nearest YMCA: Conejo Valley YMCA (serving Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Santa Rosa Valley), Miller Family YMCA (serving Newbury Park), 805-480-0309, 805-523-7613, Simi Valley Family YMCA, 805-583-5338 and Triunfo YMCA (serving Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Oak Park), 818-707-9622, or go to sevymca.org.