Swimming is an essential life skill, great exercise, and a challenging sport. Old Colony YMCA offers open swim for families and individuals along with a diverse array of swimming programs that are appropriate for all ages, levels, and needs.
Water Safety at Old Colony YMCA
The safety of our members and guests is important to us. That is why we have partnered with Jeff Ellis & Associates, utilizing their Aquatic Risk Management Program that provides proactive standards, policies, and procedures grounded in risk-management principles. Designed to build on and augment the new International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP), the Comprehensive Aquatic Risk Management Program provides in-house Lifeguard training, CPR, First Aid, Emergency Oxygen, and AED training. All Old Colony YMCA lifeguards are held to a higher standard and commitment as a lifeguard. An additional lifeguard certification is required, monthly in-service training and frequent unannounced audits are conducted. We believe that this proactive program keeps our guards rescue ready and prepared to deal with an aquatic emergency. Do not be surprised if you are using our swimming pool and we conduct an emergency rescue scenario. We feel that it is important to make all training scenarios as realistic as possible. We even use a child mannequin, known as Timmy, in some of these rescue scenarios. This investment in safety by Old Colony YMCA is incomparable in our region.