Hafaday Swim Lesson Program

Hafaday is a popular swim-lesson program for children ages 4 to 8 years old that takes place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day in weekly sessions during the summer as well as some school vacation breaks. The children have a swim lesson and free swim, plus arts/crafts and gym time, with a snack in between. It is a great program where the kids can meet new friends, have fun and really strengthen their swim skills.

The children are divided into 4 different groups, placed by age. The groups rotate to each station every 40 minutes. After 2 stations the children enjoy a snack, followed by 2 more stations, dismissal immediately follows.

Swimming is the main emphasis of Hafaday; your child will have an instructional swim lesson and enjoy a free swim period every day. This constant exposure to the water over the one-week session is the best way to learn. In Hafaday, students are grouped for swim lessons by age and ability. Our program allows us to benefit your children within your summer schedule. One-week sessions allow you to register for those weeks in which you are interested. However for learning in the pool we recommend signing up for Hafaday in two-week blocks.

New! Full-day Option for Hafaday This Summer

The Family YMCA is introducing a full-day option. Starting with the weekly program beginning Monday, July 13, Hafaday campers will be able to add an afternoon session, extending their day at the Y to 3:30 pm.

Children who choose the afternoon option will start with an al fresco lunch, followed by outdoor water games and play time at the Family YMCA’s Camp Mahackeno facility, adjacent to the Family YMCA’s Bedford Family Center.

“Hafaday has always been a great summer program for local families, whether they are YMCA members or not,” says Nicole Turechek, Aquatics Director. “And our new Y is proving to be a wonderful setting, with our shallow warm-water pool, bright new gymnasium and outdoor play spaces. The kids are having a ball!”

“Over the years, we’ve had many requests from parents for a ‘whole’ Hafaday, and with our Mahackeno campus now right outside our back door, we’re able to offer Hafaday families that option,” Turechek adds.

The pricing for weekly sessions of Hafaday for YMCA members is $270; $370 for the full-day option. For non-members, the price is $310; $435 for the full-day option. Hafaday continues through the week of Aug. 17. (Though the June sessions of Hafaday were full, space remains in July and August sessions.)

Please note that all full-day participants must also register for the morning session and must submit a valid physical prior to starting.

How to Register

Hafaday is easy to register for. Forms are available below and can be brought to the Westport Weston Family YMCA or mailed to us at 14 Allen Raymond Lane, Westport, CT 06880.

Registrants will need to send in the completed camp forms by the Friday before the camper begins camp the following Monday. Please remember that all campers must provide a completed physical form that is signed by a physician. Also, any medications coming to camp must have a medication form also signed by a physician.

Hafaday registration form 2015

Hafaday Medical Form 2015

Hafaday admin of med form 2015

Hafaday Parent Handbook 2015

For more information, please contact Nicole Turechek, Director of Aquatics, at 203-226-8981 or nturechek@westporty.org.

Hafaday School Break Programs

The Family YMCA’s Hafaday Swim Lesson Program for children ages 4 to 8 years old is often held during school vacation breaks, including the Winter School Break for Westport public schools, Feb. 16-20. The cost is $270 for Y Members, $310 for Non-members. Click on this link to register for the Feb. 16-20 Hafaday School Break Program.

Help a Hafaday Kid

Through your support, we’re able to offer camp scholarships and other financial assistance so deserving children have the opportunity to participate in Hafaday and learn this vital life skill.

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