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Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Learn to swim safely at YMCA classes

  • Swimming instructor, Michele Olson celebrates with Kali Crandall, 4, after the youngster successfully floated on her back for a moment during swim les...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Swimming instructor, Michele Olson celebrates with Kali Crandall, 4, after the youngster successfully floated on her back for a moment during swim lessons at the Marysville YMCA on Tuesday.

  • Instructor Michele Olson (center) gets her class of youngsters kicking to begin their swim lesson Tuesday at the Marysville YMCA pool. The kids are co...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Instructor Michele Olson (center) gets her class of youngsters kicking to begin their swim lesson Tuesday at the Marysville YMCA pool. The kids are cousins Ella Williams (left) and Brandon Williams, both 3, and twins, Kali and Kaesyn Crandall, 4.

  • Swimming instructor Michele Olson helps Kali Crandall get into position to float on her back, which the 4-year-old successfully did for a moment when ...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Swimming instructor Michele Olson helps Kali Crandall get into position to float on her back, which the 4-year-old successfully did for a moment when Olson released her during swim lessons on Tuesday at the Marysville YMCA.

  • Swimming instructor, Michele Olson helps Brandon Williams, 3, float on his back during swim lessons at the Marysville YMCA on Tuesday.

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    Swimming instructor, Michele Olson helps Brandon Williams, 3, float on his back during swim lessons at the Marysville YMCA on Tuesday.

  • While Kali and Kaesyn's mom, Rose, takes pictures and their dad sits watching, swimming instructor, Michele Olson holds out her arms for Kali Crandall...

    Dan Bates / The Herald

    While Kali and Kaesyn's mom, Rose, takes pictures and their dad sits watching, swimming instructor, Michele Olson holds out her arms for Kali Crandall, 4, who leaps into the water during swim lessons, Tuesday, at the Marysville YMCA.

Kids and adults can learn to swim this summer at the YMCA of Snohomish County.
The nonprofit is offering SPLASH, a week-long event that emphasizes safety for kids at the beach, the pool and the lake.
SPLASH (Swim Play Learn Aquatic Safety Habits) Week is taking place at all five YMCA of Snohomish County family branches June 25-29.
Five safety instructional sessions plus a seven-visit SPLASH bonus pass costs $10.
The participating facilities are the Everett Family YMCA, 2720 Rockefeller Ave.; Marysville Family YMCA, 420 60th Dr. NE.; Mill Creek Family YMCA, 13723 Puget Park Dr.; Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA, 4033 Fryelands Blvd.; and the Mukilteo Family YMCA, 10601 47th Place W.
Knowing how to be safe in and around water helps kids feel proud and confident, and they will use that knowledge for the rest of their lives.
"The Y is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to learn basic swimming lessons and water safety practices. We encourage kids and adults to take swim lessons -- it's never too late to learn," said Scott Washburn, President and CEO, YMCA of Snohomish County.
For more information, go to www.ymca-snoco.org/splash.



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