PORT HENRY The Essex County Youth Bureau will field the second leg of the Learn To Swim Program starting April 28 and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program runs six consecutive weeks at the Moriah Central School pool. Parental notices went out to schools this week. According to Youth Bureau Chief, Joe Provoncha, the swim program has been very successful and enrollment in the program has grown exponentially. This growth has prompted the Youth Bureau to extend the program by six hours of instruction to accommodate the expansion. Provoncha said that swimming has always been an important skill set that everyone should acquire, however, more recently the swim program has taken on a new significance. The swim program is part of the Youth Bureaus Life Long Sports effort. With school age obesity on the rise, swimming is a sport that almost everyone can participate in irrespective of their level of physical condition. Unlike a number of sports, swimming is a sport that can provide a recreational outlet for a lifetime. Provoncha added that this year, the Youth Bureau sponsored a Water Safety Instructor training for Essex County residents. Most of the newly-trained WSIs will be employed in the swim program and will insure that Essex County will maintain its internal capacity to provide high quality and safe swim programs into the future. Provoncha said that the swim program has come full circle when we have new WSIs that learned to swim in the program that are now instructing new young swimmers in the current swim program. Like most community based programs, we rely on community partners in providing youth programs and the swim program is no exception, Provoncha said. Veteran instructors, Barbara Dayton, Donna Wadsworth and Becky Dayton have provided outstanding stewardship to this important program. Moriah Central School and Essex County RSVP also partner with the Youth Bureau to deliver the program. For more information about the Learn to Swim Program, contact Dayton at 9638332 or the Essex County Youth Bureau at 8733634.