Friday, June 20, 2008

Free Swim Lessons at CT State Parks and YMCAs

Governor Rell Announces Free Swim Lessons at State Parks and YMCAs

Governor 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.

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
  • Contact 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


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

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