We’re excited to bring on-board the WIBIT, a new aquatic obstacle course at YMCA!
A Wibit is an inflatable obstacle course for the swimming pool. It’s a chance for both children and adults to have some fun and enjoy the swimming pool in a new way!
The WIBIT is available at the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA:
- Fridays 6:30-8:30pm Open
- Sundays 3:00-5:00pm Open
Now Booking WIBIT Birthday Parties!
Looking for a fun party idea? Host a WIBIT birthday party at the YMCA! Available on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm. Party room also available.
Learn more about birthday parties at the YMCA.
Visit the Saddletowne YMCA Saturday, December 19th from 1:00-4:00 PM for our Community Wellness Day. There will be games, activities and more throughout the afternoon, and access is FREE for everyone.
Click here for a full list of activities, and don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!
Summer is one of the most active times of the year for many children and families. Outdoor activities increase as the days get longer. It is important for people to take the proper precautions with the rising temperatures and sun exposure throughout the day. Being active in the heat can be fun, but it can also pose a danger if you do not allow your body sufficient time to cool down. Here are a few ideas to beat the heat this summer:
- Drink plenty of water: It is important to stay hydrated. Make sure to carry a full water bottle with you at all times.
- Shower or bathe frequently in cool water: It will help you stay cool by lowering your body temperature and making you feel refreshed.
- Make sure to wear Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen as it helps keep ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. Dressing in light, loose clothing that covers bare skin is another sun-safe move.
- Have a family swim: Find a local pool or splash pad to spend the afternoon at while keeping cool. Perhaps one of the local YMCA Calgary pools?
- Take advantage of the cooler times of the day for activities: Early mornings and later evenings are the best times for strenuous activity.
- Enjoy a cool treat: Ice cream, popsicles or freezies are enjoyable at any age. Or, try frozen fruit snacks such as grapes and bananas.
- Look for inside or shade activities: Arts and crafts, reading or a favourite family board game are a great way to take a break from the mid-day heat.
- Learn how to make a “do it yourself slip & slide“
- Don’t have a sprinkler at home? Make a “bottle blaster Sprinkler out of a 2L pop bottle” in a few easy steps
Summer fun for the entire family!
Swimming has always been one of my favourite things to do during the summer months and it isn’t often I have the opportunity to go swimming during the winter. Recently, however, I had the opportunity to expand upon my role as the YMCA Childcare Administrator by participating in recreational swim time with the adventurous children of the Saddletowne Child Development Centre. I had such a great time experiencing how the children and staff interacted with one another in the playful and exciting pool environment.
When people imagine young children in the pool they can easily envision a formal lesson or playful splashing fun. What I saw was a wonderful combination of children having fun while also having an educational experience. Children encouraged each other to try new things such as jumping off the ledge into the water or using the slide to enter the pool. Some children were a bit timid but, with encouragement and support from their teachers and friends, everyone either took the leap or slide. And, most importantly, everyone had a great time and experienced a true sense of accomplishment.
What I found most interesting during my time in the pool was how the caregivers blended play with the teaching of water safety habits – walk on the pool deck to avoid injury, jump into the pool feet first, sit on your bottom to use the slide and tips for floating while wearing a life jacket. All of this was accomplished with gentle reminders inserted at just the right moment during activity time.
I really enjoyed making some new friends and look forward to the next time an opportunity presents itself for me to join one of our childcare groups on a play-filled adventure.
YMCA Calgary currently operates three licensed childcare centres. Days are filled with intentional play-based activities that provide for developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. Recreational swim time is one way we support young children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Are you feeling the crunch as the Holiday Season approaches?
Take some time to relax this December and let YMCA instructors care for your children while you do some stress-free festive shopping or have a little quiet time to yourself.
This exciting event called Elves at Play is being hosted by the Saddletowne, Crowfoot, Shawnessy and Eau Claire YMCAs on Saturday, December 13 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Children taking part in Elves at Play will be entertained with crafts, games, swimming and more, all within your local YMCA. All activities will be appropriate for children aged 3-12.
Registration for this fun filled event is only $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Please contact your local branch to register today. We’ll see you then!
Thanks for joining me Andrew Daw, the Aquatics Supervisor at the Saddletowne YMCA!
What’s the difference between a private swimming lesson and a regular swim class?
The main difference is that we are able to really get to know the individual and it allows us to work one-on- one with them. We can quickly identify their strengths are and opportunities for improvement. The good thing about a private lessons is that the student is the boss- people can decide what they would most likely focus on and the instructor will be able to follow through with it on a lesson-by-lesson basis.
What can someone expect in a private swim lesson?
Someone can expect a knowledgeable instructor who is able to identify the needs of the individual. Regardless of someone’s swimming ability, people can expect to grow as a swimmer. People can expect not only instruction for while they are in the class, but we coach our swimmers individually to practice skills outside of the class. For example, I will always leave people at the end of their lesson with something to work on before their next lesson. We see more improvement when people are able to practice outside of the lesson as well.
Who would you suggest sign up for a private swim lesson?
There are a few different types of swimmer that could use private swim lessons. First are those who are uncomfortable around water, and feel like they need someone right next to them as they learn to swim. In this type of a lesson we would go over breathing techniques, horizontal body position and kicking technique. These are essential components in developing one’s swimming ability.
Those looking to improve technique, such as people who want to use swimming as a fitness routine, should also sign up. If people aren’t using proper technique they will not get the most of their swim and will not get all the cardiovascular benefits of a good swim.
Children and youth who are uncomfortable in a formal swim lesson will also thrive in private swim lessons. This may be because they are shy or need that extra one-on-one attention. We have had great success building the confidence of children up to the point where they will feel more comfortable in a group lesson with their friends.
I’ve seen children as old as 14 who have done exceptionally well in a private lesson. In a group lesson they may have been placed with younger children due to their swimming experience; in a private swim lesson we can reach their full potential before they move into a regular class with their peers.
How can people register- who should they contact?
People can contact me at 403-537-2726 to book a private swim lesson at the Saddletowne YMCA. You can also e-mail me at Andrew.email@example.com.
What would be the best Aquatics-themed costume choice for Halloween?
Hmm. Ariel [the Little Mermaid -Steve] is always a popular choice.
What would you dress up as if you had to teach a private swim lesson in costume?
I’d probably dress up as Spider Man because I always tell my students when they are doing their back glides that they have to stand on the wall like Spiderman.
Fall is here. This means your family adventures need to have a little bit more preparation. May you be hiding behind that business suit, video game console, or TV screen, here at the YMCA we feel that you need to get out and experience new things first hand. At the Saddletowne YMCA, we want to help to prepare for the season of adventures ahead.
Will you accept our mission of adventure?
Let us help prepare you for your latest adventure through the Family Swim to Survive this Saturday, September 27 for our Community Wellness Day at the Saddletowne YMCA.
Family Swim to Survive is an introductory swimming program in which we will teach you how to: Roll into the water, complete a front and back float, and swim 50 metres. All with the help of a qualified instructor and a handy lifejacket!
Make sure to register for your adventure training: Family Swim to Survive by visiting Member Services the day of the event.
Last month Eau Claire YMCA Masters Swim Team did a mighty fine job at the FINA World Aquatic Masters Championships in Montreal. The event saw more than 9,000 athletes from around the world competing in swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.
Our Eau Claire members represented well in their categories and won a few medals as well, including a Top 10 in Age Group win. The team includes:
Carli Tyson (1 medal)
Dave de Vlieger (2 medals)
Jorge Rivas (3 medals)
They are a registered team with Swim Alberta and train 2-3 times throughout the week in Eau Claire YMCA’s pool. The team does a few local meets each year. The World Aquatic Masters Championships run every 2 years. If you’d like to join the team, let Carli know.
A lovely picture handed in this morning at Eau Claire YMCA by two of our younger members, able to access the YMCA through our Strong Kids Campaign.
Thank you to everyone who supports Strong Kids for helping to impact the lives of these two wonderful boys.
Crowfoot YMCA Summer Day Camps
Voted by 2013 Calgary’s Child Magazine Parents’ Choice awards for Best Children’s Day Camp, YMCA Crowfoot Summer Camps are back to for another exciting summer! We have limited spots so register early so your camper can experience the highlight of their summer!
What better way to spend the summer than with friends- old and new, kicking a soccer ball or figuring out whose cannonball made the biggest splash in the pool? Crowfoot YMCA Summer Daycamps offers each child the opportunity to grow, thrive, lead and belong in a safe, fun and exciting environment.
Whether they are making geckos out of beads & string, a new superhero mask, or visiting great places in and around Calgary such as Rotary Park, Butterfield Acres, TELUS Spark, each day in our Daycamps guarantees not be the same as the last.
Register today to reserve your child a place and get them ready for an action packed summer. Call 403-547-6576!
Find out more about Crowfoot YMCA here.
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