The YMCA of SelmaDallasCounty Reminds Kids and Adults to Practice Water Safety
Summertime means pool time for many kids and adults, as they venture to their favorite spots to swim, play and create lasting memories. Whether it’s the pool, beach, water park or lakefront the YMCA of Selma Dallas County reminds the Black Belt Community to keep safety first when in or around the water. With this in mind, the Y offers swim programs that teach water safety skills and give kids and adults the chance to explore the many health benefits of swimming.
“It’s important to make sure children and adults are confident while in the water to ensure they have a fun and safe experience,” said Teal Cabe, Aquatics Coordinator, YMCA of Selma Dallas County. “The Y encourages all kids and adults to learn how to swim. It’s never too late. Basic swimming skills and water safety practices save lives every day.”
Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it has many health benefits, as it’s a fun and easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina. The YMCA of Selma Dallas County offers a variety of programs for children and adults including family swim, lap swim, water aerobics, as well as swimming lessons.
When in and around water, the YMCA of Selma Dallas County recommends the following safety precautions for children and adults:
·Only swim when and where there is lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
·Adults should constantly watch children in and near the water. If multiple adults are in the vicinity, designate a “water watcher” so everyone knows who is “on duty.”
·Inexperienced swimmers should take precaution and wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when in, on or around the water.
·Children who are beginners should stay within arm's reach of an adult in the water.
As a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y works to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. This philosophy drives the YMCA of Selma Dallas County’s commitment to help children and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming.
To learn more about the YMCA’s swim programs, please contact Teal Cabe at 334-874-9622 or
YMCA has time and equipment to get fit
Many people are aware of the many sports and recreational activities offered by the Selma-Dallas County YMCA. However, few know about other programs designed to help people of all ages live healthier lifestyles.
Pictured above, James Towner Glover Jr. walks on a treadmill in the fitness room of the Selma-Dallas County YMCA. Glover said the facilities at the YMCA have helped him maintain a healthy lifestyle and allowed him to socialize with his former students from Dallas County High School. -- Rick Couch
YMCA offers water workout
Water aerobic instructor Kelly Sue Giampetro, left, talks with some of her students just before the start of their Monday evening class at the Selma-Dallas County YMCA. The class meets three times each week beginning at 5:15 p.m. -- Tim Reeves
“Just because it’s in a pool doesn’t mean it’s not a good workout,” one of the instructors, Kelly Sue Giampietro said. “You are burning calories working through the resistance of the water.”
Kelly Sue is one of five water aerobics instructors that have daily classes, for a complete schedule , check out the aquatics link listed under programs at the top of this page.
Porter’s return good for the community
Mr. Bill Porter, above, is the new C.E.O. of the Selma-Dallas County YMCA. Folks here are comfortable with Porter. After all, he’s an old friend — that’s evidenced from the folks who welcomed him back as he walked through the YMCA building the other day.