Kate Henninger, YMCA of Sequim Aquatics director, teaches youngsters at the YMCA’s Spring Break Swim Camp earlier this year. She leads a free Safety Around Water Camp for youths of ages 6-12 this June. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Sequim

Kate Henninger, YMCA of Sequim Aquatics director, teaches youngsters at the YMCA’s Spring Break Swim Camp earlier this year. She leads a free Safety Around Water Camp for youths of ages 6-12 this June. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Sequim

YMCA to host free Safety Around Water Camp

The YMCA of Sequim is offering a free Safety Around Water Camp for youths of ages 6-12, held 1-3 p.m. daily, June 21-25.

This camp is provided at no cost thanks to donations from the Sequim Sunrise Rotary.

“This program is intended to remove barriers to water safety for those in the community who are not able to afford swim lessons,” Kate Henninger, YMCA of Sequim Aquatics director, said.

“We want kids to have water safety skills so they can be safe around water all year long.”

The Y’s Safety Around Water Camp is designed to reduce the risk of drowning and help youngsters build confidence in the water. The camp focuses on exercises to help participants adjust to being in the water, instruction in two skill sets children can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water, and fun activities to reinforce swim skills.

The YMCA taught 17 children water safety skills at a similar Swim Camp during spring break.

The Y also offers monthly swim lessons to children and adults to ensure there are always opportunities for people to learn water safety. Financial support for swim lessons is available for all lessons based on need.

To sign up for camp, call the YMCA of Sequim at 360-477-4381 or visit the YMCA of Sequim’s front desk at 610 N. Fifth Ave.

To learn more about the Y’s Safety Around Water Camp, visit olympic peninsulaymca.org/saw or contact Henninger at kate@olympicpeninsulaymca.org.

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