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Parkersburg YMCA keeps pool programs

Photo provided A young child learns how to swim in a aquatic program at the YMCA of Parkersburg.

Staff Report

Driven by its founding mission, the YMCA of Parkersburg has served as a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community for more than 150 years. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and wellbeing, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across the Mid-Ohio Valley region. Learn more at www.parkersburgymca.org.

Acquatic programs at the YMCA of Parkersburg are thriving with more participants and new programming in the midst of the pandemic.

For decades, the YMCA’s indoor pool has been the most accessible aquatic resource for the community. Children learn swimming and water safety skills in lessons, teens join the Parkersburg Sharks Swim Team, adults participate in aquatic sports, and families bond together during pool parties.

“The YMCA of Parkersburg’s aquatic and youth development programs are known as our top-performing community services,” Jeff Olson, CEO of the YMCA of Parkersburg. “Favorably, the pandemic has failed to stop that momentum, and the Y continues to safely provide these resources to the public.”

This year, several changes have been adopted to the aquatic department. The pool received maintenance upgrades, popular programs were revamped with improved curriculum, and new programs were added, such as senior water volleyball, scuba diving certification courses and adult swim lessons.

All aquatic programs have been structured to implement social distancing practices and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Safety measures include, but are not limited to: mask requirements when not in water; health screenings for all participants and staff; small group sizes maintained in lessons and activities; showering encouraged before entering and while exiting the pool; all lap lanes placed in water to promote social distancing; bleacher seating reduced to avoid large congregating groups.

Details about the YMCA of Parkersburg’s aquatic programs are at.parkersburgymca.org/aquaticprograms.

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