(Moncton, N.B., March 6, 2018) – The YMCA of Greater Moncton will hold an open house Saturday with FREE classes, swimming and other activities for all ages.

From 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Y members and non-members are invited to take part in any of the Y’s scheduled activities free of charge. Non-members aged 18 and over will be required to show a piece of government-issued photo ID at the Membership Services Desk to access classes and pools. Swim caps are required for all pool visits.

Adults can choose from a wide range of free classes Saturday such as Cyclefit, Group Power, Group Centergy, Pickleball and Zumba.

For children, there’s everything from Arts and Crafts to Play Pals, Soccer to Tween Zone. (For a full list of scheduled times, activities and age ranges for the activities, see the Saturday schedule on the YMCA of Greater Moncton website – www.ymcamoncton.ca – or call the Y at 857-0606 for more information.)

There will also be a FREE public swim Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Again, ALL swim participants must wear a bathing cap, including children. Non-members aged 18 and over must also bring a government-issued photo ID. All child and adult swim lessons, including private lessons, are cancelled up to and including Saturday. However, parent and tot swims will be held as usual as will all adult aquatic fitness classes and the 2:30 p.m. public swim.)

During the Open House, the Y will also offer two FREE ‘Swim to Survive’ sessions, each a 30-minute course open to Y members AND non-members aged six and up that will give those with no or limited swimming skills the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Participants will learn how to roll into deep water, tread water for one minute and swim 50 metres. Other topics to be covered include cold water self-rescues and ice safety. People of all ages should be able to perform these standards to help prevent drowning. Those interested in taking part in Swim to Survive can register for one of two sessions, at either 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. March 10. (Bathing caps are required. A government-issued photo ID is required for non-members 18 and over.)