Swimming programs have been a part of the Y for over 100 years!
In answer to a YMCA campaign “to teach every man and boy in North America” to swim, George Corsan arrived at the Detroit YMCA in 1909 to teach swimming using radical new methods: group swimming lessons and lessons on land as a confidence builder. In Newark, N.J., alone, he taught 800 boys to swim in just four weeks. Later, swimming classes expanded throughout the century to include families and people with disabilities. In addition to helping youth feel safe around water, swim activities develop kids’ problem-solving abilities and bolster their self-esteem.
See the links below for information on the specific swim programs offered at the Family YMCA of Marion & Polk Counties!
As of June 14, 2019 the Salem YMCA Aquatic Center will be closed for construction.