Registration for the New Canaan YMCA's summer noncamp program session begins on Monday, June 4, at 9 a.m. The eight-week session begins on Monday, June 25, and runs through Aug. 24.
Registration is available online for current members, as well as the front desk. Financial assistance is available through gifts made to the Y's Annual Support Campaign. Financial assistance applications and instructions may be found at www.newcanaanymca.org/membership.
A broad array of aquatics lessons will be available during the summer session for ages 6 months and older and for all experience levels. Understanding the importance of summer swim instruction and scheduling challenges that arise this time of year, the Y offers multiple session-length options for swim lessons. Lessons take place in four-week sessions which meet once a week, in addition to one- and two-week sessions which each meets four times a week.
Additional youth offerings for the summer session include fencing and a number of wellness programs, including Zumbatomic, a fun adaption of Zumba open to preschool and school-age children. General fitness programs such as Fun Fitness and Pre-Teen Fitness will also continue to be offered through the summer, in addition to family drop-in wellness programs, such as Family Spin and Family Pilates Fusion.
The Caimans Swim Team and Whirlwind Diving Team will each offer summer programs. The Caimans professional coaching staff will be offering summer swim clinics focusing on stroke mechanics, starts and turns. The Caimans will also host a competitive swim camp on Friday, June 29, for current Caimans competitive swimmers ages 9 to 12. The all-day camp will focus on improving strokes, starts, turns, and race strategies. Whirlwind Diving will be offering programs for divers of all levels, including a Gym and Dive camp program where participants focus on gymnastics and diving elements while tying the two sports together.
The YMCA School of Music will also continue lessons for kids and adults through the summer, offering instruction in piano, strings, drums, guitar and voice. In addition, the child-guardian music class, More Than Just Music, will be offered for ages 1 to 3.
The Y will offer an extended open gym schedule for Bouncing Bears Monday through Saturday throughout the summer. Members may purchase a Bouncing Bears summer pass and enjoy unlimited open gym visits. A summer pass is $200 for one child and $25 for each additional child.
New this year, the Y will be offering a summer recreational gymnastics program for ages 5-12. The Summer Flips program offers structured, yet fun, recreational classes, providing kids with a great opportunity to enjoy gymnastics and feel challenged, whether a beginner or experienced gymnast. All classes will run twice a week for two-week sessions.
Adult wellness services include a range of group exercise classes, including yoga, group power, spinning, group step, pilates, Zumba, kettlebell training and more. Special two-week Pilates apparatus sessions will be offered in addition to personal and group training opportunities. This summer, the Y will also be offering a TRX class. The TRX training system is a revolutionary method of leveraged bodyweight exercise based on training done by the Navy Seals. Classes are taught by certified TRX instructors in small groups.
Through the summer, the Y will also continue to provide programs that promote healthy lifestyles, including Healthy Balance, a nutrition and lifestyle change program; Live Well, a chronic disease self-management program; and a Cancer Wellness program, a personalized exercise program for those who are now or recently have undergone cancer treatment.
Finally, the Y is launching two new summer basketball leagues this summer. The Rising Stars league is open to all students entering eighth, ninth or 10th grade for the 2012-13 school year. Emphasis will be on sportsmanship, fun and enhancing fundamental skills to prepare players for the high school level.
The Y-Ball Alumni league, open to ages 18 to 25, including 2012 high school graduates, offers competitive summer basketball against old friends and "rivals."
A complete listing of program offerings is available at the New Canaan YMCA front desk and at www.newcanaanymca.org. For additional information, call 203-966-4528.