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Cannon YMCA Receives Grant to Offer Free Adult Swim Lessons

Dec 04, 2013 10:41AM ● By Jason Huddle
Concord - The West Cabarrus and Kannapolis YMCA’s  will now be able to partner with Sailfish Aquatics to provide free adult swim lessons, thanks to a Swimming Saves Lives Foundation matching grant which is funded by US Masters Swimming. Now, thanks to the matching grant,  100 beginning swimmers (over the age of 18 who are afraid of the water) will learn to swim.

The YMCA developed the first nationally recognized aquatic programs in 1931 and has continued to train aquatic participants and leaders ever since.  By fostering relationship-building, YMCA aquatic programs create a positive atmosphere where members can both strive for and achieve their personal goals.  YMCA aquatic programs teach participants how to be safe in and around water and give them the sense of accomplishment that comes from learning something new.

Jeremy Cawley, Aquatics Director at West Cabarrus says, “The Y is grateful to be partnering with Sailfish Aquatics to provide the Terrified of Water (T.O.W.) program here in Cabarrus County.  Thanks to the US Masters and the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation for their financial support of this program.  The Y has never had a program like this for adults and that makes us very excited about the possible impact.  We are talking about FREE swim lessons for adults who cannot swim.  If you have always wanted to take on a new challenge, this is it!  No more excuses!”

The program runs from January 1 through April 15 and consists of ten 30-minute, one-on-one private swims lessons.  Participants may register at the membership desks of the Kannapolis or West Cabarrus branches.  For information regarding the program, please contact Alisa McNiffe at the West Cabarrus Branch (, 704.795-9622 extension 218).

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