The American Red Cross is looking forward to celebrating our Cortland Chapter’s 100th anniversary in August of 2016. During 100 years of serving the community, the Cortland Chapter has organized countless advantageous opportunities for the local community. One program that has been recognized for its continual success in Cortland County is the Learn-to-Swim Program.
The Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program, co-sponsored by the Cortland Youth Bureau, has been teaching children ages six to seventeen how to swim for nearly 50 years. The six-level program is unique from all other learn to swim programs. Students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing on to the next. Each level of the Learn-to-Swim plan includes training in basic water safety in addition to stroke development.
Diane Chu, Cortland LTS Facilitator, once a Learn-to-Swim participant herself, is now the main organizer for the program.
“For decades the program has been an exemplary reflection of the Red Cross' good works in Cortland County,” said Chu. “Our Learn-to-Swim Program is alive and well due in large part to the many energetic, enthusiastic and highly devoted volunteers.”
The program is run entirely through the support of volunteers, Cortland Youth Bureau, local help, good-will offerings and donations of money and equipment. This year’s lessons will be held at Wickwire Pool (Cortland) Monday-Friday, 10:30-11:30 am, July 6th-24th. For more information about the program please visit: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/swimming.