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Essex County swim program growing

ELIZABETHTOWN - Essex County's Learn to Swim program completed another successful season this year as 124 young swimmers participated in the program.

Program participants came from all over Essex County including Ticonderoga, Moriah, Lewis, Elizabethtown, Westport, Willsboro, Crown Point, Witherbee, Mineville, Schroon Lake, Elizabethtown, Hague, Putnam Station, and Essex. The program offers swimming lessons for toddlers, young teens, and all ages in between.

The Essex County Youth Bureau works in partnership with Moriah Central School and RSVP to deliver the program each year. The six week program takes place every winter with a second session during the spring and is designed to teach the essential skills required for swimming.

Donna Wadsworth, head swim instructor, coordinates the program along with a veteran staff.

"The youth bureau is especially interested in the program as knowing how to swim could save you your own life or someone else's," said Scot Hurlburt, assistant director of the ECYB. "Swimming is also a life-long sport that can provide a recreational outlet from toddlers through seniors. With more and more concern over school age obesity the importance of the Learn to Swim program is even greater."

For more information about the program, call 873-3630.

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