The City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Department are in swim lesson partnership with the Hickory Foundation YMCA, offering swimming lessons to residents of the City, ages 6 months to adulthood. The Fall session 2 is currently registering from September 21- October 17. Participants must come to the Highland Recreation Department at 76 N Center Street, Hickory, NC 28601 with a copy of their birth certificate.To register, City residents present the YMCA with a verification form. Verification forms are, also available at the Highland Recreation Center.
The City offers 4 summer sessions and 2 fall sessions, in addition to the winter 1 and 2 session. City of Hickory residents are able to participate in the swim lesson partnership at no charge to the participant. The City pays $40 for each City resident that participates in the program with the YMCA that signs up through this City partnership.
One such story is from Kris and Marty Holbrook, parents of Maggie and Jake. The Holbrook’s young twins took swim lessons through the City of Hickory and YMCA swim program. “We are very appreciative of the City of Hickory’s free swim lesson program at the YMCA,” said the Holbrooks. “Having this opportunity has saved us money with having two children that we wanted to learn how to swim.” The Holbrook’s found out about the program through a flyer from their children’s school that came through the Parks and Recreation Department, as well as an email from the YMCA.The children have learned water safety, to not be afraid of the water, and the basics of swimming above and under water. Mrs. Holbrook added, “Additionally, patience is being taught to my children. They are having one-on-one instruction, but they are learning to take each step in the process and to be patient while their sibling is learning from the instructor. They also have gained independence through the process of learning how to swim. We see Jake wanting to do it by himself more and more.”
“Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14,” said Angela Chapman, Executive Director of the Hickory Foundation YMCA. “In an area like Hickory with lakes, countless ponds, and rivers, the risk is even greater. Our partnership with the City of Hickory ensures that all Hickory residents from infants to adults have the opportunity to learn to swim,” added Chapman.
“Hickory Parks and Recreation Department strongly believes and embraces partnerships with fellow organizations like the YMCA and the school systems, as we all work hard to provide athletic programs and promote wellness,” said City of Hickory Parks and Recreation Director Mack McLeod. “The Hickory Foundation YMCA and the City of Hickory swim program partnership is one of many successful examples of how working together provides top-notch programs for the community.”
For more information on either of these Parks and Recreation programs, contact Angela Smith at [email protected] or call at (828) 324-6990