I have three boys, ages 8, 6 and 4 and they’ve all learned to swim at the Y. We started with Mommy and Me classes for each child and progressed through the program. George is the youngest and the only one still in the swim school. He is really comfortable in the water – he walks right into class and happily gets in the water. Just like his brothers, he learned how to swim independently by age 4. I attribute their swimming success to the great swim program at the Y.

The instructors are consistent from year to year. I have a good relationship with them and I like that they know my children’s names. Emily has been a regular instructor for us – we love her! My boys can be rambunctious and she knows how to keep them in line and encourage them at the same time. She is always excited when they succeed. I remember when George slid down the fire pole in the pool for the first time and Emily said to me “Did you see George!” We also love Anna the lifeguard. She is such a friendly face, always remembering the kids. The Rye Y is a friendly, happy place.

I have friends in other swim programs but I’ve always been so impressed with the progress my boys have made at the Y. They are all great swimmers now. My sister is a pediatrician and for her, water safety is one of the most important skills that a parent can teach their children. The Y program has helped our family feel safe in and around the water. And equally importantly, inspired in them a love of the water.

My two older boys have now phased out of the swim classes and are ready for swim team. They haven’t joined yet because of their schedules but I’d like to get them onboard next year. We come to family swim but I’d like them to have more consistency.

Aside from the amazing instruction, I’m impressed with the new universal locker room! That is such an awesome facility addition on the first floor and so helpful to us as we scramble to get changed into and out of swim suits.

The Y is a special place for us. It is really welcoming and friendly and we love to visit!