City offers swim lessons for children and adults


Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Have you been considering swimming lessons for yourself and your children? If so, then now is a good time to take the plunge (no pun intended) and take advantage of affordable swimming lessons available at Northeast Pool in east Gainesville.

Facts

SWIM LESSONS

What: Swimming lessons sponsored by the city of Gainesville.
When: 5-7 p.m. July 1-19 and July 22-Aug. 9.
Where: Northeast Pool, 1100 NE 14th St.
Cost: $38.50, city residents; $58.50, non-city residents.
Information: Call 352-334-5067 or visit www.cityofgainesvilleparks.org.

Michelle Weydert, aquatic leader for the city of Gainesville, said this year, there is a flat rate of $38.50 for city residents and $58.50 for non-city residents for nine days of swimming lessons for all class levels and age groups. Space is limited to six children per instructor for each level and four adults per instructor. Weydert recommends registering as soon as possible to make sure you have a spot.

Swimming lessons, which are available from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with make-up days on Wednesdays and Fridays, will consist of nine, 30-minute classes from July 1-July 19 and July 22-Aug. 9 at Northeast Pool at 1100 NE 14th St.

To register, visit the recreation administration office on the third floor of the Thomas Center at 306 NE 6th Ave. or online at https://activenet6.active.com/gainesvilleparksandrec/.

“The most important thing is that children learn how to swim and to develop safety awareness around the water,” Weydert said.

Below are the various swimming lesson levels:

— Aqua Babies: Targets children 6 months to 3 years with parents in the pool to learn water safety and for the children to get used to water.

— Starfish, preschool aquatics level 1: For children 3-5 years of age to get them comfortable in the water.

— Jellyfish, preschool level 2: For children 3-5 years of age to experiment under water and learn simple body movements and other skills.

— Goldfish, preschool level 3: For children 3-5 years of age to learn floating skills, changing direction while swimming and other skills.

— Angel Fish, learn to swim level 1: For children 6-12 years of age who have not had swimming lessons.

— Puffer Fish, learn to swim level 2: For children 6-12 years of age to learn to float without support, tread water and other skills.

— Stingray, learn to swim level 3: For children 6-12 years of age to learn to dive from the side of the pool, use rotary breathing and other skills.

— Barracuda, learn to swim level 4: For children 6-12 years of age to learn first-surface diving, front crawl, breast strokes and other skills.

— Shark, learn to swim level 5: For children 6-12 years of age to refine swimming strokes.

— Adult Beginner: For anyone who is 13 years of age and older to receive individualized instruction.

“Besides swimming lessons,” Weydert said, “classes cover safety topics.”

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