“We’ve been averaging about 30 students for both sessions,” she said.
Swimming lessons are given every Friday for ages 5 and up. Children ages 5 to 7 meet from 12:30 to 1 p.m., and children 8 and up meet from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m..
“I encourage them to come more than once because the lessons progress,” Banks said.
The swimming lessons are taught according to Red Cross standards, and the instructors are all trained lifeguards.
Banks said that people of any age can sign up for swim lessons, but she says most adults prefer to have private lessons. Private lessons for adults and children are $80 per session.
Banks said that there are still openings from July 18-29 and Aug. 1-12 for children to have private lessons, and adults who are interested in such lessons can contact the Natatorium.
During Friday’s swimming lesson, up to four children were paired with one instructor, who worked closely with each child as he or she progressed. Some children needed further encouragement, and those children were given one on one attention.
Timothy Terrell brought his son to participate in the swim lessons, and he believed that the lessons were a great opportunity for children.
“I’m satisfied with it . . . I think it’s great,” Terrell said.
Charity Mills, a mother who brought her daughter for lessons, appreciated the price of the lessons, and said that they were “very much needed.”
Parents interested in signing their kids up can call the natatorium at 384-9617 or come during the specified lesson times and sign up on site.