Renovated & Refreshed

Darien YMCA Unveils Spectacular Pool Renovation for an Enhanced Aquatic Experience

Here for the Community Always Striving to Improve the Member Experience

 DARIEN, August 30, 2023 — The Darien YMCA is thrilled to announce the completion of an extensive renovation project that has transformed its pool area and men’s locker room, promising a fresh and rejuvenating experience for all members and visitors.

The renovation, which began in August, signifies the commitment of the board of directors and leadership to providing first-class amenities for the community. In September of 2022, the Darien YMCA upgraded the Training and Wellness Centers adding state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

The new large pool area boasts features designed to elevate the overall swimming experience and promote a healthy lifestyle. This complete overhaul offers modern aesthetics and improved lighting designed for swimmers, creating a more welcoming and visually appealing environment.

“We are excited to introduce this transformational renovation to our community,” said Jennifer Gardner, Darien YMCA CEO. “The Darien YMCA pool has been a cornerstone of our organization for years, and these enhancements reflect our commitment to delivering exceptional services and experiences. Our renovated pool area will create a more enjoyable experience for swimmers and spectators of all ages and abilities.”

The Darien YMCA invites all members and residents to come and experience the newly renovated pool firsthand. Our staff are available to provide tours of the facility and discuss information regarding membership, programs, and opportunities to improve your well-being  in spirit, mind, and body.

For more information about the Darien YMCA pool renovation, upcoming programs, and membership details, please visit or contact Lee Malloy Stendardi, Membership Director at 203-655-8228 x 1304 or visit Facebook page @TheDarienYMCA

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Happy Labor Day

Labor Day Holiday Hours

Darien YMCA Labor Day Hours Are 7am - 12PM

The Darien Y will be open on Labor Day from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Kick off your holiday with us from 7:00AM to 12:00PM on Monday, September 4. Whether you are an avid swimmer, basketball fan or a group exercise fanatic, we’ve got options for you!



Small Pool Schedule

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Adult Lap

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Open/Family Swim

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Adult Lap


Large Pool Schedule

7:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Adult Lap

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM, Open/Family Swim (3 Lanes)


Fitness Schedule

8:00 AM Yoga, Paula, Studio 2

9:00 AM HIIT, Gene, Studio 1

10:15 AM Barre Fusion, Elise, Studio 2

11:00 AM Light and Easy, Diana, Hybrid & Studio 1 


Gym Schedule

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Open Basketball



Starting Saturday, September 9, the Darien YMCA will be open an extra hour both Saturdays and Sundays!


NEW FACILITY HOURS (Effective September 9)

Monday – Friday: 5:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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New pool renovations.

Facility Renovations

New pool renovations.


We are thrilled to announce that the large pool area renovations were completed ahead of schedule!  See revised POOL SCHEDULES for next week!

Thank you for your continued patience as we continue to improve our facility.

Here are some updates as of August 30:

  • Whirlpool is closed for unplanned repairs. The parts have been ordered and will be repaired as soon as they come in.  We will send out notification as soon as we are able to reopen.
  • Men’s locker room will reopen Saturday, September 2 as we taking care of some of the finishing touches. Please use the all age boys locker room.
  • The Hallways are painted and floors are complete. Our marketing team is working with an outside vendor to design new branded artwork. 
  • The Café at the Darien Y will reopen on Tuesday, September 5. 


  • Open


  • Open



Head on over the our SCHEDULES pages to see the new FALL line-up!  Plus we are extending WEEKEND HOURS as of September 9! Saturdays, we are staying open until 6PM and Sundays until 5PM!

We encourage you all the come on in and see ALL OUR ENHANCEMENTS!

Thank you, 

Darien YMCA


Interested in using another YMCA Pool, please call ahead prior to going as many Y's do maintenance during this time.


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Memorial Day Holiday Hours

The Darien Y will be open on Memorial Day from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Below is the group fitness and pool schedule for the day.


  • 8:30 Studio 1 Cycle with Sally
  • 9:00 Studio 2 Yoga with Paula
  • 9:30 Gym Bootcamp with Diana
  • 10:30 Studio 2 Barre Fusion with Diana
  • 10:30 Studio 1 Light & Easy with Karen


  • 7:00 – 9:00 Adult Lap Swim 6 Lanes
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Adult Lap Swim 3 Lanes
  • 9:00 – 10:00 Family Swim 3 Lanes
  • 10:00 -11:45 Adult Lap Swim 6 Lanes


  • 7:00 – 9:00 Adult Lap Swim
  • 9:00 – 11:00 All ages. Family Swim
  • 11:00 -11:45 Adult Lap Swim


  • 7:00 – 9:15 Open Basketball
  • 9:15 -10:30 Fitness Class
  • 10:30 -12:00 Open Basketball

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(Ages 5 and up) Appropriate for beginner to advanced beginner swimmers.


The Y has been teaching children to swim for over 100 years. Regular, consistent swim lessons are the best way to help your child become a strong and confident swimmer. Get them started or continue their progress with our Spring Splash: Learn to Swim program.

This 6 week program will help your child:

  • gain confidence and improve their stamina
  • become more independent in the water float,
  • tread water and learn a healthy respect for the water

From asking an adult if it is ok for them to enter the water, to what to do if they accidentally fall into a body of water, to how to breath properly in the water and more, this program is a great way to get your child started on their lifelong journey to becoming a more confident, competent swimmer.

2420 Post Rd,
Darien, CT 06820

WHEN: May 2, 2023 - June 8, 2023

Tuesdays and /or Thursdays

5:30 PM - 6:10 PM

FREE: Once per week/ Twice per week

Members: $186/ $372

Non-members: $264/ $528

QUESTIONS? Feel free to email Amy D'Andrea

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Find a Fresh Look

Fitness Renovation Schedule

Find a Fresh Look. Fid Your Y.

At the Darien YMCA we believe we all have the power to change, develop new skills and gain confidence. When we invest in our facility, we are investing in our community, and in YOU.

Please note, all Group Exercise classes will remain available as scheduled. Now’s a perfect time to try something new to you! Try a Group Ex Class while your typical workout area may be closed.

Here are updates on our renovation & maintenance schedule:






  • Babysitting will be open Monday through Friday from 9am-1pm beginning Tuesday, September 6. Advance registration preferred. Space limited.

We welcome you to come check out our FRESH NEW LOOK!

Some features you can expect:

Matrix Treadmill

  • Bluetooth connection for your wireless headphones.
  • Wireless charging station for your mobile devices.
  • Cardio equipment easily connects to Apple and Samsung watches and various heart rate straps.
  • Individual fans on each machine to adjust for personal comfort.
  • Wi-Fi network connected with access to several Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and YouTube. 
  • Automated email notification to the manufacturer as soon as there’s an issue, which will trigger a local technician to promptly visit and resolve the problem while notifying the YMCA Wellness Director.

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Girl in pool with Swim Across America cap on.



Swim Across America is a National non-profit that has raised over $100 million for cancer research & clinical trials through open water swims, pool swims & clinics throughout the USA! Join our Darien YMCA swimmers to fight cancer together in Fairfield County!

Darien YMCA's Swim Against Cancer is taking place on May 14th. All funds raised will benefit Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.

We will be swimming laps and having fun relays to make a tangible impact right here in our community! All ages welcome.

2420 Post Rd,
Darien, CT 06820

WHEN: May 14, 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

11-12pm: PSDY Piranhas only
12-2pm: General public and YMCA members

HOW TO JOIN: Click the register button in the middle of this page and get your own fundraising page to send out to your friends and family. All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here and bring to the event check-in. If you are under 18, please bring the waiver signed by a parent or guardian

FUNDRAISING: We encourage swimmers to each raise at least $100. Many will raise more but if everyone raises $100, our swim could raise thousands to support cancer research, prevention and treatment.

FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES: Every swimmer who participates will receive a Swim Across America cap and tattoos! Raise the amounts below and receive great SAA items for your efforts!

This year we are offering more prizes at more levels! Check out all the great incentive levels below, and see how much money you can help raise in the fight against cancer!

  • $50 - SAA T-Shirt.
  • $100 - SAA Sunglasses + $50 fundraising incentive.
  • $300 - SAA Towel + $100 fundraising incentives.
  • $1,000 - If you raise $1,000 you are acknowledged as a WaveMaker and receive WaveMaker benefits.

Individual WaveMaker Status: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers go above and beyond by raising at least $1,000 regardless of your age. Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WaveMaker gift. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.

QUESTIONS? Feel free to email Amy D'Andrea

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Project SEARCH Internship

Path to Employment for Young Adults with Disabilites

Join us for a Virtual Info Session April 27

About this Project SEARCH Internship

Project SEARCH is a nine-month internship program for people with disabilities. It is for those between the ages of 18-30 including transitioning high school students, who seek competitive employment. The Project SEARCH internships with Abilis run in two locations: one internship program at Greenwich Hospital and one internship program at the Darien YMCA.

At the Darien YMCA Abilis Project SEARCH Internship, interns  rotate in different departments including facilities, wellness, childcare, marketing and membership.

In these programs, total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process, as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. For instance, interns participate in three, unpaid internships and explore a variety of career paths. Along the way, the interns increase their independence, self-confidence, and self-esteem preparing them for future employment. To assist them, Interns work with a team that includes their family, their Project SEARCH instructor, an Abilis job coach/developer and a business mentor.

Project SEARCH is a collaboration between Abilis, Greenwich Hospital, Darien YMCA, various local school districts, and the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.

Who is eligible for a this Internship?

First, to be eligible for Project SEARCH, applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and have a developmental disability. Second, they must be eligible for development or disabilities services, and want to work competitively. Lastly, if the young adult is currently a high school student, a recommendation is required by their school district.

For other young adults, tuition is paid by the Department of Developmental Resources (for those eligible) or a family may choose to pay privately. The Greenwich Hospital Project SEARCH program starts September 2022; the Darien YMCA program starts January 2023. Registration is required for our information session.

Information Session Details:

Learn How Young Adults with Disabilities Can Find Employment Through An Unpaid Project SEARCH Internship.

DATE: April 27, 2022

TIME: 6:00 PM

WHO: Open to the public

LOCATION: Zoom - Meeting link will be sent after you register.

Questions, contact: Nick Stewart at

Dorian working in Facilities

Dorian working in Facilities

Alex at Holly Pond Preschool

Alex at Holly Pond Preschool

Chris working in Wellness

Chris working in Wellness

Mohammad in Wellness

Mohammad in Wellness Center
Abilis Logo
Project Search Logo

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Young Man photographing the Darien Y pool for a Video Project with Norwalk Community College

Best of Darien Videos


(Darien, CT): September 26, 2021 The television production talents of area students will be on display on Darien TV79 as the station has concluded a “Best of Darien” video challenge to students studying digital media at Norwalk Community College.

“We asked the NCC students to visit Darien and shoot a montage of local scenes featuring the ‘Best of Darien’, and the results were phenomenal,” says TV79 Program Director Jim Cameron. “These budding videographers saw our town through fresh eyes, yet captured the scenes that make Darien so special.”

The project was a class assignment by Assistant Professor Julie Casper-Roth who leads NCC’s digital media division.

“It was a win-win-win project,” says Ms. Casper-Roth. “The students got real life field experience, great feedback on their projects from the judges, and TV79 got 11 fresh station ID ‘bumpers’”

The 30 – 60 second spots highlight such icon Darien scenes as Tilley Pond, the Darien Library, the Darien YMCA, shoppers on the Post Road and our local beaches. The spots will run for many weeks to come on TV79 and can all be viewed here:


The entries were judged by Cameron and other members of the TV79 Advisory Board, who had a very hard time selecting a winner.  As a result of a tie, the $100 prize for the best of “The Best of Darien” will be split by two NCC students, Jacqueline Ramirez and Olivia Naimoli.

Darien TV79 is the Town’s government television station, accessible on Optimum channel 79, Vimeo, Facebook and YouTube.  The station is funded by the Town, grants from the Area Nine Cable Council and The Darien Foundation.  For more information visit the station’s new website:

Norwalk Community College serves 6500 students in Southern Fairfield County and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The college houses a wide array of programs in the sciences, humanities, and arts. The Film and Television Program (set to change its name to Digital Media) is designed to prepare students for jobs in the diverse and ever-changing field of media production.



Photos attached of NCC students during video shoot in Darien

For more information:   JIM CAMERON / Program Director    203-952-5758

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A stress-free, tech-free, fun family evening at home while supporting Darien’s restaurants!

The Y is proudly partnering with local restaurants to honor the at-home Family Dinner Night! We know it’s a stressful time; that’s why we’ve put together the tools to help you enjoy an easy, but fun family evening together!

Order a delicious family meal to go from one of our amazing Family Dinner Night restaurants listed below and enjoy some of the provided tech-free family activities to help make your evening at home special, engaging, and fun for everyone!


Families that eat frequent family meals together foster:

· Overall nutritious eating

· Teens who are less likely to engage in risky behavior

· Children with better language skills and academic scores

· Lower obesity rate

· Better relationships with each other and their community

Source: The Search Institute

Families that eat together 5-7 nights per week create strong, healthy relationships that keep kids substance-free.

· Those who have fewer than 3 family dinner nights per week are 4 times more likely to use tobacco and 2 ½ time likelier to use alcohol.

Source: National Center on Addition and Substance Abuse (CASA)


Come up with a theme such as cartoon characters, Disney characters, animals, famous athletes, etc. Write down the names of each person or character and put them into a hat. Each person at the table now becomes one of these people or characters. Anyone can pick the name for you, but you cannot pick for yourself. To make it easy, you can have the person to your left pick a name out of the hat. Once your new name is picked, that person sticks it to your forehead, and whoever is on that paper is who you become! However, you cannot see what your new name is, instead you have to guess who you are by asking yes or no questions (up to 10 questions).le Description
Instead of humming a tune and guessing what song it is, knock on the table! Think of a song, or pull a title out of a hat, play the song by knocking on the table. Whoever is guessing the song has to sing it out loud!
Just because we can’t go out to fancy dinners doesn’t mean we cannot dress up! Bring a fancy dinner to your family dinner table by dressing up in your best suit or fancy dress! Make it even more fun and pretend you are going to a fancy ball with an orchestra playing music. After dinner, keep the “ball” going with a family dance party!
Have each person take turns writing their first name on a sheet of paper until everyone has written their name in list format. (For example, Susan, George, Ricky, Cassandra). Give each family member (or teams) two minutes to create as many words as they can from the letters in their names. For example, the name list above might generate words such as “sack, rake, car, gorge…” Each letter can only be used once within a single word, but each letter can be used multiple times to make as many words as possible. The person or team with the most words wins.
As a group, choose a category, such as animals, countries, singers, or “people our family knows.” One family member starts the game by naming a person/thing from that category that starts with the letter “A.” Then the next person names a person/thing that starts with the letter “B,” the next person finds something for the letter “C,” and so on.
One person thinks of a rhyming pair of words, and then gives clues about them, using synonyms. For example, if the secret phrase was “funny bunny,” the clue might be “hilarious furry mammal.” The person can also give a clue about how many syllables the secret phrase has by shortening or lengthening the game’s title. Saying “hig pig” means that each word in the secret phrase has one syllable (like “old mold,”), whereas “higgy piggy” means words with two syllables (“chipper zipper”), and higglety pigglety means words with three (“triumphant elephant”).
Think of 5 things that “belong” to something. For example, a banana, a pair of shoes, a book, a pile of paperclips, and a box of flooring. Then have your family guess what these things belong to (answer: things in the trunk of my car). With little kids, you can just ask them outright for a list of things in a category (example: name three things in your bed).


25 Questions to Ask Around the Dinner Table!

Eating dinner as a family is one of the best ways to connect as a family, share what’s going on, and enjoy each other’s company. In today’s world, it’s easy to let our phones distract us at the dinner table. In an effort to strengthen family relationships and help parents connect with their children, we want to share 25 questions you can ask around the dinner table to help cultivate conversations with your children.

Be sure to take turns answering questions, too! This allows your children to learn even more about you in a fun way.

1. What was the best part of your day?

2. What was the hardest part of your day?

3. What’s something new you learned today?

4. What’s something that made you laugh today?

5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

6. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

7. Who is your favorite movie character?

8. If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

9. Would you rather fly or breathe underwater?

10.Who is your favorite superhero?

11.What makes a great friend?

12.What’s one thing you want to learn?

13.Would you rather be 100 feet tall or the size of an ant?

14.What would you do if you were president?

15.What do you want to be when you grow up?

16.If you could do anything you wanted for a day, what would you do?

17.What’s one thing you are scared of?

18.What’s your favorite thing about school?

19.What’s your favorite thing we do as a family?

20.What are you excited about for tomorrow?

21.If you could pick a new color for the sky, what color would you make it?

22.What’s your favorite song?

23.What would you do with $100?

24.What is your least favorite color?

25.What are you most thankful for?

One fun way to use these questions is to write them on slips of paper and keep them in a jar or basket. Each night at dinner, every family member gets to pick one slip of paper from the jar and ask everyone else that question. Try it at dinner this week

Blog originally posted by Country Home Learning Center, a premier daycare serving families in Austin, TX.

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