YWCA announces swim classes, opens swim team

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LEWISTON — The YWCA has announced try outs for its Tiger Sharks Swim Team. The team is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15 who love to swim and are interested in a more competitive environment.

Members will learn the basic fundamentals of competitive strokes and being part of a team in a positive and encouraging environment. Coaches will focus on stroke development, increasing endurance, nutrition and dry-land conditioning. In order to build team spirit, all members will practice at the same time. To enhance learning and promote safety, swimmers will be placed in lanes with others of the same ability and speed.

YWCA recommends attending four practices a week.

To join, youth must be able to swim two continuous laps (50 yards), one length freestyle and one length backstroke without stopping.

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The team will participate in two USA swim meets. The cost for this is $400 ($66 per month) plus a USA membership. Swimmers must also be a current member of the YWCA.

Tiger Sharks Swim team will compete Oct. 5 to March 31, 2016.

YWCA offers a payment plan, with half of the payment due at registration, and the rest due in December.

YWCA has also released its list of classes:

YWCA American Red Cross Swimming Lessons: YWCA Swim classes begin the week of Sept. 1. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4 and the second leading cause for kids younger than 14. Details of times and levels may be found on the YWCA website www.ywcamaine.org or by calling the YWCA at 207-795-4050.

Paddleboard Stretch, Strength and Yoga: No is experience necessary, and paddle boards are provided. The experience begins with a swim and paddle warm-up series to ensure warm and ready muscles, followed by an alternating mix of challenging Pilates, strength poses, abdominal and core fitness. These poses are introduced at various levels to accommodate different ability levels and will wrap up with a tranquil set of Yoga postures and stretches. Balance techniques will be introduced progressively over the course of several weeks allowing for individual development of physical skills. Class runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday,s Oct.9 to Nov. 13. Space is limited, so early sign up is encouraged. The program cost for YWCA members is $50 and for nonmembers $65. The instructor is Ian Barclay.

Aqua Kickboxing: Aqua Kickboxing classes combine aqua movement, music and the fundamentals of Kickboxing for the ultimate fun, whole body workout. This is an energetic blend of traditional aqua choreography. This water aerobics cardio class is a “no contact” class that will burn calories and tone into shape. No experience is necessary, and participants can be at any level of fitness. Splash, splash — it will be a blast! The class runs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. This class is included in the water fitness program, so if participants have a fitness membership, there is no extra fee. For nonmembers, the drop in fee is $8 per class. The instructor is Danielle Nemeth.

Aqua Zumba: Led by licensed instructor Marian V.Emano, this class will be offered to individuals 10 years and older who can follow instructions and manage being in the water. Aqua Zumba integrates the Zumba® formula and philosophy into an invigorating low-impact aquatic exercise that’s cardio-conditioning, body toning and challenging. Aqua Zumba has the typical land-based Zumba dance steps, which provide a low-impact workout. Aqua Zumba will be offered every  from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. This class is included in the water fitness program, so if participants have a fitness membership, there is no extra fee. For nonmembers, the drop in fee is $8 per class.

The YWCA also has a variety of other water fitness classes designed to increase stamina, improve cardiovascular function and enhance one’s general levels of fitness. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings.

For those interested in just lap swimming or working on individual water routines, the YWCA has lap swims, adult lane swims, family swims and therapeutic swims.

The gigantic indoor water float, the Magic Y-World, is open from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Splash Parties, which include the use of the gym for one hour and the pool with the gigantic float are available. The gym is available for rent for any event, class or function.

FMI: www.ywcamaine.org, 207-795-4050, 130 East Avenue, Lewiston ME 04240.

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