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Make a splash this weekend with the First Coast YMCA

Take your family swimming at the Y on June 8 completely free of charge

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There’s perhaps no better way to cool off on a hot day than taking a dip in the pool. Fortunately, you won’t have to go far this summer to enjoy some fun in the sun.

The First Coast YMCA has several programs to help families beat the heat – free of charge. Military can get in free all month long and the YMCA also is hosting pool parties this weekend and next month.

Here’s a list of the programs currently available to you and your loved ones:

It’s not just fun and games, either. The organization is doing its part to help prevent drownings through its “Safety Around Water” campaign, which includes free swim tests and lessons on life-saving skills.

Last year, News4Jax teamed up with the YMCA in the hopes of getting 5,000 people to take their swim tests at the Y. Even though we didn’t quite reach that goal, more than 3,000 people passed their tests.

On top of everything else, the Y is also offering some perks to members, including no joining fee for those who sign up between May 18 and June 10. Parents can also take one night off a month.

Below are some of the YMCA facilities in our area that have pools:

Clay County

- Barco-Newton Family YMCA, 2075 Town Center Boulevard, Fleming Island

- Dye Clay Family YMCA, 3322 Moody Avenue, Orange Park

Duval County

- Johnson Family YMCA, 5700 Cleveland Road, Jacksonville

- Winston Family YMCA, 221 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville

Nassau County

- McArthur Family YMCA, 1915 Citrona Drive, Fernandina Beach

St. Johns County

- Ponte Vedra YMCA, 170 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach

- St. Augustine YMCA, 500 Pope Road, St. Augustine

To learn more about everything going on at your neighborhood YMCA, just visit the organization’s website. Not sure if your child is eligible for Safety Around Water? Call 904-265-1775.

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About the Author:

A Florida transplant with Midwest roots, Garrett Pelican is the digital executive producer for News4Jax.