A new swimming and water safety program has been added to the lineup of activities at the Project Most summer camp, where kids can now take swim lessons five days a week.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., lifeguards and water safety-certified instructors will be available to lead swimming lessons, to be held at the Jewish Center of the Hamptons’ outdoor pool.
Younger students are learning the basics of swimming, such as “putting their face in the water, kicking and arm movements, and floating,” whereas older swimmers “are building stamina [and] bettering their strokes and breathing,” said Rebecca Morgan Taylor, executive director of Project Most, in an email. The program provides local students with the opportunity to learn critical survival skills that they might not have access to elsewhere.
In past years, the camp took children to the Albert’s Landing bay beach for swimming two days a week. Recognizing, however, that “not all kids like to learn to swim at the beach,” and when the Jewish Center gave the green light, Project Most decided that a pool “would bring great value to [the] program and give the kids five days a week of swimming.”
According to the Project Most website, there’s a waiting list for the camp, where activities also include gardening, art lessons, visits to cultural organizations, sports, and science and technology. Registration is online at https://bit.ly/3XRsPkP.
The Andrew Sabin Foundation, the Hampton Lifeguard Association, and the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation provided the money to make the program possible. Ms. Taylor said she hopes that “as long as the Jewish Center will have us, we hope to make this program part of our camp experience.”
This story has been updated since it was first published.