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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Water Safety Program Offered to Area Youth

The Montecito Family YMCA announces the 19th Annual SPLASH: Learn to Swim Week, providing over 200 children from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria, with swimming lessons at a cost of $10.


The goal of the SPLASH: Learn-to-Swim week is to teach each child the life-long swimming and water safety skills that are necessary in this beach-side community, as well as create amazing childhood memories.

SPLASH: Learn-to-Swim Week is a water safety program for Montecito YMCA friends and neighbors in the community and is offered at a reduced fee to participants who have little or no swimming ability. This course will introduce the aquatic environment to beginners, teach basic learn-to-swim skills, and increase water safety awareness for families. The 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 water safety skills to over 3,000 kids over the past 19 years.

The 19th Annual Montecito Family YMCA SPLASH: Learn to Swim Week will take place at Ortega Pool (640 N. Salsipuedes Street) starting Monday, March 26th through March 30th. Swimmers and non-swimmers ages 5-13 are invited to participate in a week 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. This program is designed for participants of all swimming abilities. 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.

In preparation for the session the Y is holding a swim suit drive beginning Monday, January 16. You can help a child in need by donating a new or gently used bathing suit, towel, or goggles to Splash: Learn to Swim Week. Items can be dropped off at the Montecito Family YMCA.

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

About the Montecito Family YMCA

The Montecito Family YMCA serves over 20,000 individuals annually through facility memberships, before & after school childcare, day & resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs, Pre-school and many more healthy lifestyles and community enriching programs throughout Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland, and Carpinteria. Through the Open Doors program the YMCA ensures that no one is ever turned away due to their inability to pay facility memberships which makes the Montecito Family YMCA accessible to everyone. The Montecito Family YMCA is located at 591 Santa Rosa Ln., Santa Barbara, CA 93108 and online at ciymca.org/montecito.

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. Visit www.ciymca.org.

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