Swim lessons, underwater egg hunt highlight YMCA spring season


It is never too early to teach children how to swim, not just so they have a fun time, but it could also help save their life one day.

With this in mind, the YMCA is always looking to offer swim lessons and children will now have the opportunity to learn while on spring break.

Swim lesson registration is currently open at the Brown Family YMCA in Ponte Vedra Beach and the Solomon Calhoun Community Center will begin offering Saturday swim lessons for children on March 2.

The Brown Family YMCA is located at 170 Landrum Lane in Ponte Vedra Beach, while the Solomon Calhoun Community Center is located at 1300 Duval Street in St. Augustine.

The YMCA is known as “America’s swim instructor,” having taught swim lessons for decades.

Confidence around the water is one of the main things they strive to pass along to each child or adult that comes through their program, as learning to swim is not just for those of a young age, and it is never too late to learn.

Separate sessions will be offered depending on the age of the child and safety around the water is at the center of their entire approach to teaching.

Pools are a popular place for families and children to gravitate and enjoy during the spring and summer months, especially in Florida where the taste of warm weather has people thinking of floating in the pool.

However, water can also be dangerous for those who are not properly trained with the skills needed to swim or tread water.

As a result, all children are swim tested before they can go swimming in a First Coast YMCA pool.

The Solomon Calhoun Community Center is adding to the swimming fun this spring and plans to take Easter egg hunting to a whole different level, with an underwater egg hunt on March 28.

Children ages 5 to 12 years old are invited to bring their swimming towel and Easter egg basket for a fun adventure of gathering eggs that are left under the water of the center’s pool.

The egg hunt is scheduled to take place from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. and children can trade the eggs they find afterward at the bunny store for various prizes.

The egg hunt has a $2 fee to take part and to RSVP or ask questions, please email mhansson@fcymca.org or call 904-704-4644.