YMCA & New Dimensions Partner for Safety Around Water


Morganton, N.C. – In February, 2nd graders from New Dimensions Charter School participated in the YMCA’s Safety Around Water program that helps students learn essential water skills, which open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity of water – safely. Students learned benchmark water skills such as front glide, back float and breath control. They also learned the importance of water safety and how to help in an emergency. Topics on how and when to call 911, what to do if a friend or family member needs help in the water and how to properly wear a lifejacket were all discussed each morning before entering the water. Most importantly the students learned they should never enter the water without an adult’s permission.

According to Dr. David Burleson, Director of New Dimensions, “Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. This fits into our safe, active child standards of our curriculum and we are proud this afforded our children a new learning experience. The second grade teachers are to be commended for their desire to make this opportunity available to their students.”

According to Rachel Heck, the YMCA Aquatic & Fitness Director, “Drowning is preventable and the YMCA of Catawba Valley is proud to be partnering with New Dimension to offer the Y’s Safety Around Water swim program to every 2nd grade student. Safety Around Water will equip each child with the skills they need to be confident in and around water. With this confidence, they can develop self-esteem, discover new ways to stay fit, and build lifelong relationships.”

This partnership was supported not only by the YMCA and New Dimensions, but additionally by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Phifer Wellness Center. According to Nat Auten, President & CEO for the YMCA, “Our YMCA relies on the generosity of business partners and benefactors to help us maintain and expand service to everyone in our service area. Our YMCA works hard to make sure everyone has the access and opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.”

For more information please contact Rachel Heck at [email protected]

Press Release ND Swim Program 3-5-21


The YMCA of Catawba Valley was established in 1969 to strengthen our community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y engages over 25,000 men, women and children each year – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the community’s health and well-being and to provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The Y mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

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