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It's time to build on Y's new investment in swimming
The Sussex Family YMCA pool is set to open an hour early. For many people, that would hardly be big news, but for the fast-growing contingent of local swimmers, it's huge.
The Y's six-lane pool is so busy that when the building opens at 6 a.m., nearly 30 people can at times be found waiting for lanes.
That would be a lot of swimmers under any circumstances, but add in wide-ranging swimming abilities, and it's easy to see why the Y had to find a way to provide more lane time.
Just ask a swimmer. Finding a lap lane is challenging any time, amid aquatic fitness classes, high school swim team practice, Y swim team practice, swimming lessons for children and recreational family swims, not to mention masters swim, lifeguard and other training â€” all vying for the same six lanes in the pool.
Y Executive Director Lauri Weeks announced this week the Y is making a $20,000-plus investment in swimming by opening the pool at 5 a.m. weekdays, starting Tuesday, May 31. In addition, the pool will open at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
For a fast-growing population living near the nation's most beautiful beaches and waterways, swimming is an essential safety skill. Beyond that, Sussex County is aging; swimming and aquatic exercise offer unmatched exercise for overall fitness for people of all ages, especially for those recovering from injury or surgery.
We congratulate the Y for taking this major step to serve Cape Region swimmers. Still, we hope it is a first step in a campaign to build a new aquatics center, a place with enough space that all residents of the Cape Region will have a chance to learn to swim while still having space for aquatic exercise and rehabilitation.
A new aquatics center would expand swimming opportunities for people who live here, and beyond that, it would also establish the Cape Region as a major aquatics destination on the East Coast.
As the Y's investment shows, our region has a vibrant swimming community. Now it just needs space to grow.
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