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Lifeguard Training Course at the Family Y, Aug. 12-16

Carlye Rosen of Weston and Raphael Pacella of Norwalk participate in the Y's Lifeguard training course at the Family Y in June.

Carlye Rosen of Weston and Raphael Pacella of Norwalk participate in the Y’s Lifeguard training course at the Family Y in June.

The Westport Weston Family Y has added an additional Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course to our summer schedule. The class will take place August 12-16, from 5 pm to 9 pm each day.

The Red Cross Lifeguard Training course emphasizes practical lifesaving skills and job-related responsibilities. Standard first aid and CPR/AED for the lifeguard are included.

The cost for Y Members is $325; non-members, $350. Participants must be strong swimmers, 15 years or older and must be able to attend all dates and times. (And don’t forget to bring a bathing suit!)

The Family Y has offered several certification classes so far this year, including a course over two weekends in June geared to college students returning home for the summer. “These classes not only give young adults valuable training in terms of life skills,” says Nicole Turechek, the Family Y’s Aquatics Director, “but it also gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

To register online, please click here. For more information or questions about the Y’s Lifeguard Training and Re-Certification courses, please contact Nicole Turechek at


35th Annual Point to Point Compo Beach Swim, Saturday, July 20

Pt to Pt logo 2013The Westport Weston Family Y’s Point to Point Compo Beach Swim, one of Westport’s longest-running annual sports events, will take place on Saturday, July 20. Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, July 21.

Starting near the cannons at Compo Beach, participants swim around buoys, ending with a sprint across the sand to the finish line, covering a distance of 1 mile.

The annual Point to Point open water swim, which last year drew more than 120 participants, including competitors from New York, New Jersey and all of New England, is separated into three heats based on predicted finish times, giving everyone an appropriate field in which to compete.

This year’s event, the 35th, will also include a “Kids’ Swim,” a fun, shallow-water event for our youngest participants.

The registration fee for Point to Point is $45 ($55 day of event) and may be paid online at or in person at the Family Y’s Member Services Desk through July 19. The entry fee for the Kids’ Swim is $20.

The Kids’ Swim is set for 10 a.m. and will be followed by the Awards Ceremony for all participants. All registered swimmers get an official Point to Point T-shirt, sporting the race’s classic logo, updated yearly by local artist Miggs Burroughs. By tradition, the top three men’s and women’s swimmers in each of 15 age groups are awarded a collectible mug. There will also be special prizes for participants in the Kids’ Swim.