$1 swim lessons begin at city’s natatorium
by James Phillips
Jun 16, 2012 | 1894 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Instructors at the Memorial Park Natatorium work with area children Friday afternoon during the facility’s $1 swim lessons. Photo by: James Phillips
Instructors at the Memorial Park Natatorium work with area children Friday afternoon during the facility’s $1 swim lessons. Photo by: James Phillips
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Almost 50 children participated Friday afternoon in the Memorial Park Nataotrium’s Dollar-a-Day Swim Lessons.

The Jasper facility hosts the $1 swim lessons each summer in an effort to teach basic swimming skills and promote water safety.

Classes are broken down into two age groups — 5 to 7 year olds and 8 to 10 year olds. On Friday, 28 students particpated in the younger age group, while 19 children ages 8 to 10 took the swimming lessons. Lisa Barnett, coordinator of the classes, said she was happy with Friday’s turnout.

“For the first week, this was a good turnout,” she said. “We usually don’t have as many in the older group. Even if people didn’t come today, they can still come to the other sessions, because we teach the same basics each week.”

Barnett said basic skills taught to swimmers each week include bobbing, how to hold breath underwater, assisted floating, jumping to a teacher and recovering rings from underwater. Each swimming lesson also includes a talk on water safety.

Students on Friday learned the importance of swimming with a buddy and under supervision.

The $1 swim lessons will continue each Friday through July 20. The younger age group is taught from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and the older group hits the pool from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Barnett suggested children arrive 15 minutes prior to their lesson time. The natatorium is also registering students for private swim lessons. The next private sessions begin Monday, and another set of lessons begin on July 2.

Several classes are also currently being offered at the Natatorium, including:

•Yoga: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 to 8:50 a.m.

•Insane cardio: Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 5:50 p.m.

•Ab attack: Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.