YMCA to hold several events this month

By Martin Graham - mgraham@civitasmedia.com

The Fayette County YMCA has planned several events this month and is inviting all members and non-members to attend.

This Saturday, YMCA will be holding a Holiday Overnight for children ages 6 to 12 from 7:45 p.m. until 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The membership specialist and other staff will be on hand during the night to watch the children. During the overnight, the kids will participate in holiday games and crafts, will have the opportunity to swim in a heated pool, will be treated to snacks and will also watch a holiday movie. Registration is over today and the cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

“Kids need to make sure to bring tennis shoes, a swim suit and a towel and register by Dec. 18,” Doug Saunders, Fayette County YMCA CEO, said. “The event is open for members and non-members. We look at this as a great chance for parents to get some time for last minute shopping. They can also take this chance to spend some time together. With these kids just starting their Christmas break, it would be the perfect way to kick that off with some friends. Just make sure to register and we will watch them all night so parents have some time to themselves and finish up buying Christmas gifts.”

Coming later in December on the 28-31, the American Red Cross, and instructed by Dave Knisley, will be working with the YMCA to hold a life guarding course. The course will take 30 hours between the four days and will teach anyone of any age how to be a life guard. Throughout the course the students will also learn CPR and first aid training. By the end of the course, participants will be certified life guards. This can allow even more opportunities, according to Saunders.

“The cost is $200 for members and $250 for non-members,” Saunders said. “I actually started out at a YMCA as a life guard and I can be the first to tell you how much you can learn and grow from this. For younger kids, 15 and up usually, it can lead to possible employment at a job a little different than fast food or retail and is a good job to prove responsibility. For adults, it is an important skill to add to the repertoire and could make all of the difference. All of this is part of our aquatic safety initiative. We are trying to teach Fayette County water safety habits and we are doing this through classes geared at teaching others how to swim and what to do in a serious situation. Swim lessons will be available after the first of the year.”

For more information or to register for upcoming events and classes, visit the YMCA at 100 Civic Drive in Washington Court House or call (740) 335-0477.


By Martin Graham


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