YMCA Southcoast offers water safety programs


Water safety programs are so important, especially when you live in a water-surrounded community.

That’s why YMCA Southcoast offers an eight-week “Safety Around Water” program at its pool locations in New Bedford, Fall River and Wareham.

Tara Pacheco, General Manager of the YMCA Southcoast in New Bedford, spoke to us about this week’s program Town Square Sunday.

She said the Safety Around Water program is more than just swimming lessons.

“We’re trying to get them to think more about safety than how fast you can get to the other end of the pool or how many laps they can swim,” she said. “We want them to know what to do to protect themselves if they unexpectedly fall into a body of water or climb out of the deep end. It prepares them for things they don’t think are going to happen.”

According to Pacheco, the program will continue throughout the year and is open to both adults and children. You can learn more or register at ymcasouthcoast.org or call any of the YMCA locations in our area.

There is a fee for the program, but Pacheco said there is financial help for those who need it.

“Anyone who looks at the fee and says that’s not feasible, we want them to come down anyway because we have financial support available,” she said. “That’s how passionate we are about this program.”

YMCA Southcoast is also concerned about food security. It has partnered with the Boston Food Bank to provide meals to families once a month at a drive-thru in its New Bedford location.

The YMCA is hosting a fundraiser for its Full Place Project featuring famed illusionist Lyn Dillies on September 10th at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Visit the website for more information.

That Town Square Sunday Listen to the interview with Tara Pacheco here:

Town Square Sunday is a weekly public affairs program heard every Sunday at 6am and 11am on 1420pm and 99.5 FM.

The program highlights individuals and organizations who hope to make the New Bedford area a better place to live and work.

If you want your organization to Town Square Sundayplease email the host at [email protected]

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