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Splash Week nears at YMCA
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

* What: Splash Week

* When: 11:30 a.m. to noon June 16-19 and 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 20

* Where: Forsyth County Family YMCA, 6050 Y St.

* Cost: Free, but those planning on attending should register by today at

SOUTH FORSYTH — The community is invited to jump in together during a series of free swim events next week.

Forsyth County Family YMCA will present its second annual Splash Week from June 16 to 20.

From 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, the facility will present a range of water safety and activity classes.

From 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 20, the YMCA will again take part in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, a worldwide event to reclaim the Guinness World Record.

According to the event’s website, the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson was created to serve as a platform to help local community aquatic facilities and various organizations work together to promote water safety.

Some 35,000 people participated in the effort in 2013, according to the website.

“We had around 35 people from the community take part last year,” said Deborah Kelly, associate aquatics director at the Y. “This year, we’re hoping for at least 50.”

In order for their numbers to be recorded as part of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, facilities have to have at least 25 participants.

The other activities earlier in the week will include water safety and water play on June 16 and basic swim instruction on June 17.

Kelly said water ballet and water aerobics courses were added to this year’s lineup on June 18 and June 19, respectively.  

“We’re being a little more specialized this year by bringing in those classes so people can get a taste of different things you can do in the water other than just swimming,” Kelly said.

All the classes are free and open to all ages. Those interested in participating should register online at by today.

Kelly said she’s hoping a lot of people can advantage of the free offerings.

“Everyone that came out last year was really happy with the week and we want to make this year even bigger and better,” she said.