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YMCA Offers Water Fitness & Lifeguard Class to PHS Swimmers

25 October 2019   Laura Winniford

PHS Water Fitness & Lifeguard Class taught by the James Family Prescott YMCA

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Prescott, Arizona –– This year the YMCA is teaching an accredited class for Prescott High School students. The Water Fitness and Lifeguarding Class focuses on swim skills and endurance during the first semester and lifeguarding skills during the second semester. Students can even earn an American Red Cross Lifeguarding certificate at the end of the year.

The YMCA and PHS have always had a great working relationship and this class continues the tradition. The idea was spearheaded by former Aquatics Director Kelly Winkels and brought to life by our current Aquatics Director Lacey Stone. Lacey has the pleasure of working closely with PHS Vice Principal Clark Tenney to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

The first day of school, Lacey had mostly non-swimmers in class. After two and a half months she says we now have students who can swim all 4 competitive strokes: freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. They are improving their skills and working on endurance and will be ready for their second semester of Lifeguarding skills. 

“I feel the class is a healthy way to start the day and it helps students focus on schoolwork the rest of the day. They also receive valuable job and life skills in class which helps them make positive and healthy choices,” said Lacey Stone, YMCA Aquatics Director. 

The Y believes in keeping kids safe in, on and around water. Besides this class for PHS students, the YMCA offers swim lessons year-round for children 6 months up to and including adults.  

For more information about the Water Fitness & Lifeguarding Class or any other Aquatics programs, visit or call Lacey Stone, Aquatics Director, at 928-445-7221 ext 239 or

About James Family Prescott YMCA 

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA serves local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.  

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance. 

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit  

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.



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