Spring Break Kicks Off Free Safety Around Water Lessons at the YMCA

Posted on Feb 14th 2020 by Florida Blue

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The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay area and the Florida Blue Foundation are teaming up again to save lives! Thanks to a generous $155,000 grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, Tampa Bay area children can receive free water safety and swim lessons at their local Y. Free Safety Around Water lessons start during the local school districts’ spring breaks.

In 2019, the collaborative effort taught nearly 8,000 kids water safety and swim lessons. This year’s grant expands the Y’s Safety Around Water program to more than 30 Y locations in the Tampa Bay area. Participating Y associations include the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast, YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, Manatee Family YMCA and SKY Family YMCA.

Thanks to the generosity of the Florida Blue Foundation, the program is free and open to all 3-12-year-old beginners and non-swimmers in the Tampa Bay community. During the 4-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is NOT required; however, due to limited space, pre-registration is required at these participating Ys:

March 12-20:       Venice YMCA

March 16-19:       Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (11 locations), Clearwater YMCA,

      North Pinellas YMCA, Greater Palm Harbor YMCA, Greater Ridgecrest YMCA,

       Jim & Heather Gills YMCA, James P. Gills Family YMCA , Hernando County YMCA

March 23-26:      Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA

April 27–May 1:  Manatee Family YMCA (Lakewood Ranch & West Bradenton) 3-5 year olds

May 18-22:           Manatee Family YMCA (Lakewood Ranch & West Bradenton) 6-12 year olds



About the YMCAs of Tampa Bay

Each year, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay collectively serve over 400,000 members of our community across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Citrus & Hernando counties. The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast & YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are all 4-star charities that strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. By nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the community’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors - the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcatampabay.org

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