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Swim lessons return to YMCA

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Swim lessons at the YMCA picked up as young swimmers return to the water. The kids spread out in small groups around the pool to practice skills, positions and strokes before celebrating the end of practice with a few trips off the diving board. 

Bianca Soliven, 10, uses her kick board to kick her way across the pool

Bianca Soliven, 10, uses her kick board to kick her way across the pool on Thursday. Soliven led her group of students in the path across the pool as the fastest in this exercise.

Keaton Carmichael, 5, braces to jump into the pool with his teacher Megan Boggs

Keaton Carmichael, 5, braces to jump into the pool with his teacher Megan Boggs on Thursday. Carmichael’s group practice different swimming strokes and skills in the water and then climbed out to practice jumping in to the deeper water.

Marin Pierson, 3, practices her monster arms at the very beginning of her swim lesson

Marin Pierson, 3, practices her monster arms at the very beginning of her swim lesson on Thursday. Marin started taking swim lessons this spring, making it through three before COVID shut down the pool. So this winter is round two for starting lessons.

A few of the kids in the youngest age group balked at jumping in but eventually all jumped into the deeper water

A few of the kids in the youngest age group balked at jumping in but eventually all jumped into the deeper water not once but twice. They had the help of a teacher who would hold their hand to help them jump in. They had to jump off of the main pool deck not off the second lower rail.

Ashlee Webber moves behind a group of four students as they practice

Ashlee Webber moves behind a group of four students as they practice their breast stroke kick against the wall on Thursday. Webber was one of four different teachers with a group of kids.

Kennedy McCoy, 6, practices floating and kicking with Caleb Cohoon

Kennedy McCoy, 6, practices floating and kicking with Caleb Cohoon during swim lessons on Thursday. Thursday was the second night of swim lessons, with the lessons happening on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s each week.

Marin Pierson looks back over her shoulder while she waits for her teacher

Marin Pierson looks back over her shoulder while she waits for her teacher to come help her jump off the diving board on Thursday. The younger kids could “jump” off the board with the help of a teacher that lowered them into the water if they wanted.

Andrew Goddard pulls himself up onto the diving board as the previous person

Andrew Goddard pulls himself up onto the diving board as the previous person jumps off on Thursday. At the end of the swim lessons, all of the kids had the opportunity to jump off the diving board a few times to finish off the day.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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