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Bob Sierra Y offers free swim classes during break


Published:   |   Updated: March 5, 2014 at 10:07 AM

CARROLLWOOD – Splash Week is right around the corner at the Bob Sierra Family YMCA – and everyone is invited.

In Florida, it is possible to swim for much of the year, but for most, spring break is the unofficial start to swim season. Florida’s chilly 65 degree temperatures move back toward the 90s and the YMCA is ready for the spring breakers between March 10 to 14. There will be free swim lessons at four Hillsborough County YMCAs and the Bob Sierra is one of them.

The lessons are available to members and nonmembers, and registration is free for anyone ages 3 and up. Lessons in all of the basics of swimming will be provided, with an emphasis on drowning prevention, according to Associate Aquatics Director Matt Suits.

“It’s all about getting people accustomed to the water,” Suits said. “Especially with summer right around the corner. We teach floating, actual swimming, and whatever people want to learn.”

Suits said that there are enough instructors that no child will ever be left alone and the classes are limited in size. He said about 90 to 100 participants are expected. It is a group atmosphere, but a safe one, Suits said.

“A lot of little kids don’t want to be treated like a baby,” Suits said. “We make them comfortable because, even if they don’t want to look like a baby, we know some of them are terrified. We watch them every step of the way.”

The classes are about 40 minutes each and run from 8:20 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Registering in advance is required.

This is the fourth year of the free program and Suits said some of the swimmers who have participated are now swimming for the Bob Sierra competitive swim teams.

For information on Splash Week at the Bob Sierra YMCA, call (813) 962-3220.

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