Grand Bahama YMCA

Y.M.C.A. Lifeguard Certification Course

Preliminary Swim Testing January 26th, 2008 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Preliminary outline:

– Applicant must be 18 years or older
– Applicant must be able to read and write English
– Applicant must be able to swim twenty eight (28) lengths of a 25 meter swimming pool. Ten Length freestyle, ten length breast stroke, and eight lengths mix freestyle and breast stroke in fifteen minutes
– Applicant must be able to swim twenty five meters retrieve a 10lbs dumbbell from ten feet of water and swim back on their backs with both hand on the dumbbell on his/her chest with the breast stroke kick in two minutes

Course outline: February 11th, thru 17th, 2008

– The Professional Lifeguard and injury prevention & patron surveillance and emergency preparation
– Rescue skills and Before providing care and rescue skills
– Breathing and cardiac emergencies, two rescuer CPR, AED and First Aid
– Injuries to Muscle, bones and joints and caring for head, neck and back injuries
– Caring for head, neck and back injuries
– Shallow and deep water line searches
– Final written exam and final skill scenarios


– Preliminary assessment twenty dollars ($ 20.00)
– Course Fee two hundred and ninety dollars ($290.00).

A Successful Candidate is expected to :

– Must past the preliminary testing.
– Attend all sessions; session will include the class room, pool and beach.
– Be prepared and on time
– Participate in all exercises


Hours for programme are Monday thru Friday 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact person is Mrs. Karon Pinder-Johnson, telephone (242) 352-7074, fax: (242) 352-1983, email: [email protected] .

Soccer Parents – Show-off Your Support!

The YMCA has new T-Shirts for supportive Soccer Parents to wear during League games, or any time!

Only $12.00 and available at the YMCA.

Soccer DAD’S shirts (Shown here) with Blue accents, and Soccer MOM’s have Pink accents.

Support your child, support the Y! Get your shirt TODAY!

YMCA Soccer League 2007/08 Official Opens

A brand new soccer season is underway at the YMCA on Grand Bahama Island. On Saturday, November 24th an official opening ceremony took place on a beautiful sunny morning out on the YMCA playing fields. An opening prayer was offered by Rev. Dr. George L. Cumberbatch (Chaplin on Y.M.C.A. Board of Directors) and the National Anthem was sung by Miss Grand Bahama (Nathalie Brown). Mistress of Ceremony and YMCA Executive Director, Mrs. Karon Pinder-Johnson welcomed the many special guests, coaches, parents and players.

Brief remarks were made by Narissa Lockhart, a representative from Ministry of Youth & Sport. The visiting Guest Speaker was Anton Sealey, President of Bahamas Football Association from New Providence. Mr. Wildgoose, Y.M.C.A. Program Director gave honour to the coaches and players, and closing remarks came from Mr. Joseph Darville, the Y.M.C.A. Program Vice Chairperson. Read more – CLICK HERE

YMCA Soccer Registration Now Underway!

The YMCA 2007/08 Soccer League, which begins on November 17th at 10am is now registering. Our soccer programme is for boys and girls aged 4 to 14 years. The $45.00 registration fee includes your child’s Uniform T-Shirt and awards at the season end. The League runs Saturdays from 10 am to Noon.

Click here to download and print our Registration Form:

Our Renovated Pool makes a SPLASH!

The YMCA swimming pool is new and improved and already, the masses of Grand Bahamians (particularly kids) are benefitting from the recent renovations that took place at the popular swimming pool.

“The pool has gone under major renovations,” said Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA.

“We’ve implemented a number of tasks that once completed would make the pool look like brand-new.”

YMCA takes Lifeguard course to new level

The YMCA is taking its lifeguard and water safety program to another level with the introduction of its beach front, lifeguard certification course. In the past, the YMCA offered pool lifeguard certification courses, but now that course has been expanded to include beach front certification. This will allow Bahamians interested in being lifeguards not only at hotels or at pool side, but beach lifeguards. The course will be conducted by an international, certified, water safety and first aid CPR Instructor out of Alabama in the person of William Joseph Powers.
Read The Freeport News article

Terry Wildgoose is new Activities Director at the YMCA

If experience means as much as many people claim that it does, then Terry Wildgoose is the right man for the job of Activities Director at the YMCA.

No, Terry is not experienced in that capacity, per se, but having grown up in the YMCA, and having been both an athlete and a coach for almost every core sport there is, Terry indeed has what it takes to take up the challenge.

“I began my coaching career at the YMCA,” said Terry, during Wednesday’s press conference.

“Before that I was fortunate enough to have been a very good athlete and I played just about every sport in the country.

Read the entire Article HERE

YMCA offers a full slate of Summer Activities

The YMCA have planned a full slate of activities year-round, but particular emphasis is being placed on activities for the summer break as they relate to the young people in Grand Bahama.
Having almost half of its refurbishment and renovations completed since the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes, executive director Karon Pinder-Johnson and directors are pleased to be up and running… Read this Freeport News article

YMCA Summer Camp Curly Tail 2007

Starting June 25th and running until August 17th, let the YMCA be your choice for summer camp this year! Create wonderful memories of summer for your child by signing them up for summer camp with us.

Ages 3 – 13 years of age and weekdays from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Cost is only $80.00 a week (including lunches) OR $60.00 a week (without lunch)

What you get: swimming, baseball, judo, creative dance, obstacle course, track & field, arts & crafts, talent shows, academic drills, nutritional talks and more…

First 50 registered get a free t-shirt. Please note that a one-time registration fee of $20.00 is required.

Disneys Pirates of the Caribbean II/III Cast and Crew donate computers to the YMCA

Grand Bahama Island – Pirates of the Caribbean III – At World’s End opened in theatres Friday, May 25th, two years after Disney filmed portions of sequels II and III on Grand Bahama. During their stay the Cast & Crew Charity Golf Classic took place and resulted in a great amount of monies generated which went toward buying items for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home, and toward the purchase of ten computers set to go toward the youth of Grand Bahama.