Scuba certification class to be offered at YMCA

ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

September 02, 1993

The Howard County YMCA offers a scuba certification course beginning Sept. 13. The course runs six weeks and a water test will be given at the beginning of the course.

The weekly schedule includes classroom instruction from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and water instruction from 7:30 p.m. )) to 9:45 p.m. Tuesdays.

The cost is $150 and covers all scuba equipment for the course. An open water dive is required to complete the course and is not covered in the original course fee. Registration is required.

The YMCA will also offer an aquatic exercise class beginning Sept. 13 to benefit persons with lower back problems. The natural buoyancy of the water helps reduce pain while exercising and resistance of the water helps strengthen muscles.

The class will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Fees are $36 for program members. Registration is required.

The YMCA also offers two preschool programs beginning Sept. 13.

One is a three-hour program featuring arts, crafts, activities and a one-hour swim time. Children must bring their own snacks. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Children may be signed up for more than one class, but the program is not meant to be a day care program. The cost starts at $65 for one eight-week class.

The second program is a generalized movement and education class. Classes are broken down into 1 to 2 years of age, 2 to 3 years, and 3 1/2 to to 5 years.

Classes last for 30 minutes for the younger groups and 45 minutes for the older groups. Parent participation, socialization and physical activities make up the eight-week course. Classes will be conducted weekday mornings and Saturday mornings. The cost is $30 for each class.

The YMCA is at 4331 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.

4( Information: Craig Johnson,465-4334.

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