Each Friday, the Natatorium is hosting the lessons for children 5 and up. Children 5 to 7 are offered a lesson from 12:30 until 1 p.m., while ages 8 and up are offered from 1:15 to 2 p.m. The age 5 to 7 lessons are limited to the first 30 children, while the older group is limited to 40.
Natatorium pool manager Stacy Banks said the lessons are a way to give back to the community.
“Every child should have the opportunity to learn how to swim.” she said.
Natatorium worker Brittany Cloud registered children Friday afternoon. She said it was easy to see how much the children enjoyed the lessons.
“The kids really enjoy it and it is a great opportunity for them to learn new skills.” she said.
After registering, the young swimmers head to the indoor pool and have a water safety lesson. There is a safety lesson sponsored by the American Red Cross, dubbed “Whales Tales,” before each lesson. As the lessons begin, the youngsters are separated into groups with a lifeguard. Each lifeguard is responsible for two or three children, depending on the attendance.
On Friday, the children were taught how to paddle in the water and float on their back. Near the end of the lesson, the lifeguards each dropped a diving ring into the 3-foot water and helped the kids one at a time to retrieve it.
Parents especially love the discounted lessons. Summer Standfield was there with her 6-year-old son, Blake Wilson.
“It’s great.” Standfield said. “One dollar, you can’t beat that.”
Joann Poe was also there with her grandson, 5-year-old John Smith. She’s said the lessons will help her grandson get used to water before starting him in the longer lessons.
For more information on the $1 swim lessons and other activities at the Natatorium, call 205-384-9617.