Enroll your child in aquatics programs at the YMCA today


As children and families go to the beach, lake or water park this summer, the Juniata Valley YMCA encourages them to keep safety in mind. Swimming is a fun, summer activity for children and families, and it’s imperative to ensure that they can demonstrate confidence and safety in the water.

“Water safety is dominant at the Juniata Valley YMCA,” says Amy Reed, aquatics director. “Children and families can come here and not only learn to swim, but learn quality water safety skills that save lives every day. We work to improve their personal safety and personal growth, and we want them to have fun during this experience.”

For the last 120 years, the YMCA has been recognized as the nation’s swim instructor, teaching safety and confidence in the water. YMCAs offer the following tips to help keep children and families safe and injury-free in the water this summer:

  • Learn to swim. The best thing you can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim—it’s never too late.
  • Only swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Read and follow all rules and signs.
  • Constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
  • Keep children who cannot swim within arm’s reach of an adult in the water.
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water.
  • Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather. Wait at least 30 minutes for thunder and 1 hour for lightening before resuming in water activities.
  • Enter water feet first unless in a designated diving area.

The Juniata Valley YMCA offers group swim lessons every month except August, November and December. Private lessons for all ages are also available with a variety of instructors. Young or old, beginner or experienced, there is always someone who can help.

As the nation’s oldest and largest community-based organization, YMCAs are among the country’s most trusted providers of aquatics programs. The YMCA is the largest pool operator in the U.S. with more than 2,200 pools across the country.

To learn more about the Juniata Valley YMCA’s aquatics program, contact Amy Reed, aquatics director, at 717-248-5019, or visit the web at