YMCA Branch Name

For Youth Development
For Healthy Living
For Social Development

Outreach Swim

It’s a startling but true fact that drowning is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 14 and younger, and that an average of 9 people drown each day in the US alone. The YMCA of Central VA takes these statistics very seriously; and that is why we started the Lynchburg Swim Initiative to provide free swimming lessons to “at risk” children in your community.

The Downtown Y taught 111 children to swim during the 2010-2011 school year.  We had 4 volunteers that gave a total of over 175 hours of service.  Our goal is to reach as many children as possible, and by working together we plan to reduce the statistics on drowning deaths in our community.  Swimming is a valuable, lifelong skill which we believe every child deserves to have an opportunity to learn.

We would like to invite your child to participate in our Lynchburg Swim Initiative swimming lessons. 

Check to see if your school is participating:

•Bass Elementary
•Heritage Elementary
•Sandusky Elementary
•R.S. Payne Elementary
•Dearington Elementary
Fort Hill Community School


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our financial assistance.