Grand Bahama Island – The YMCA Family Centre wishes to advise the public of their Swimming Programs effective January 5th, 2009.

Master Swim Club – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5am to 7am
Adult (Female) Swim Lessons – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 6am to 7amHealthier Life Water Therapy – (arthritis, accident and stroke victims, scoliosis, etc) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7am to 8am.

All classes will be instructed in a heated pool at 80 degrees fahrenheit; by a level 4 certified Swim Coach, Coach Iva.

All ages are welcome!

For more information, call the YMCA at 242-352-7074.

St. Bonaventure University Student Teachers assist in YMCA After School Program

Four senior students from St. Bonaventure University near Olean, NY will be completing their first placement of student teaching in four schools on the Grand Bahama Island. Dave Dowd, Connor Dougherty, Laura McDowell, and Meredith Nappa will be living and teaching at local school for the next seven weeks.

In addition to working along side Bahamian teachers, Dowd, Dougherty, McDowell and Nappa will be running an after school program at the YMCA in Freeport. Area students are invited to join after school program which runs Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

During these times, students will begin their homework and play games with the St. Bonaventure student teachers.

According to Dowd, the program is off to a great start. So far, so good, said Dowd. We’ve had between 25 and 30 kids at the program all week. The kids generally finish their homework quickly and we move on to playing Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Rover, soccer, tag and other childrens classics.

Dougherty hopes to see the program expand during his seven-week stay on the Island. The more kids that take part in the program, the better, said Dougherty. We’d like everyone to take full advantage of this program which will allow us to build relationships with the kids for the time that we’re here.

Read the complete article with photos HERE

‘Y’ Basketball gym looking to restore former glory

The YMCA basketball gym is a walk through history.

Walk into the gym, even as it is now, and you can almost hear the voices of the fans, the shouts of the coaches to players on the floor and the sound of the buzzer to start and end games.

There, the best-of-the-best Grand Bahamian ball players displayed their skill. It was at the YMCA basketball gym that up and coming players perfected their craft of basketball.

It was at the YMCA where players earned their nick-names, and it was there where fans shouted out those names from the bleachers in games that attracted entire families to the YMCA.

Read more by Andrew Coakley, The Freeport News

The YMCA Commercial Basketball League

The YMCA Commercial League is back and is expected to be bigger and better.
The League has gone beyond just having teams that represent companies competing on the basketball court.

Now, the League has incorporated two new divisions – a church league and an open league.
“My intention and my goal is to expand the programme to bring in even more teams into the League,” said Terry Wildgoose, Activities Director at the YMCA.
“I’m taking it to where it ought to be.”

The League begins on June 27 and will run until the ending part of August. All games will be played at the Jack Hayward gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The Open Division will allow all of the top players on the island to compete against each other without the stipulation of having to be a part of a company or even having to be a member of a church.

Read the full Freeport News article HERE

Grand Bahama Student Council Lockdown on Crime – May 3rd

On the 3rd of May 2008, the Grand Bahama Student Council in partnership with the GB YMCA, will be hosting its first annual Lock Down On Crime. This event is aimed at the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students at high schools on the island.Over the course of nine hours, students will be exposed to topics such as gang violence and drug use. They will also have the opportunity to sit in smaller workshops and discuss the issues they are faced with and come up with real solutions to real problems. We feel this is important as it will allow those who are directly affected by certain situations to offer solutions that will work for them and their peers, solutions they feel will have a positive impact…

YMCA Soccer League 2007/08 Official Results

Soccer Awards and Standings for 2007-08

MINI League Division
Winners: Waugh Warriors
Runners Up: Royal Bank Bankers
MVP: Liam BrownCup Winners: Waugh WarriorsCup Runners Up: Royal Bank BankersCup MVP: Liam BrownShield Winners: Seaboard Marine SharksShield Runners Up: GB Port Authority WolvesShield MVP: Matt Parsons

MINI Player with Most Goals: Liam Brown with 28

JUNIOR League Division
Winners: Esquire KnightsRunners Up: Care Maintenance SweepersMVP: Denzil DeveauxCup Winners: Esquire KnightsCup Runners Up: Care Maintenance SweepersCup MVP: Marco BorsettoShield Winners: BORCO Oilers Shield Runners Up: Terrazzo TigersShield MVP: Courtney Moss

JUNIOR Player with Most Goals: Arron Levarity with 17

To see a related article and larger images – CLICK HERE

The YMCA Aerobithon and Steak-out – January 19th

For the fitness fanatic, exercise buff, or aerobics enthusiast!
The 2nd Annual YMCA Aerobithon will take place Saturday, January 19th from 10am to 2pm. Classes will be held every half hour with a variety of local instructors, and will feature special guest, Maria Bellando from the USA who is an IFBB Pro and certified aerobics and fitness instructor. Bellando will also be offering a clinic for anyone who teaches aerobics on the island of Grand Bahama.
All of the aerobics classes and clinic are free of charge and open to anyone interested.

The YMCA’s Annual Steak-out, which will also be held on the YMCA grounds on Saturday. The steak-out will start from 12 noon. Meals are $10 each. There will be lots of things for the kids to do, including a bouncing castle, slides and other children’s entertainment. Proceeds will go towards the YMCA’s building fund.

For more information contact the YMCA at 352-7074

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