Sports & Recreation

Christina Fulwilder and her daughter Aleah Arzarga, Tara Gonazles and her daughter Kellia Hayes, and Christy Lopez and her son Tizoc participate in the Toddler-Parent swim lessons where they learn to develop swimming readiness by water exploration and becoming comfortable in the water.

Swim Lessons Return to Salt River Pool

By Jennifer Jimenez and Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pool put together a schedule for summer swim lessons over an eight day period. Session one is currently underway with four classes remaining on July 26, 28, August 2 and 4 at the Salt River Pool. Class takes place from 6:40-7:20 p.m.

There are five classes designated to various levels of swimmers through the program. Parent-Toddler is a class designed to develop swimming readiness by leading parents and their children in the water exploration and having them become comfortable in the water. Level-1 is an introduction to water skills and is designed to help children feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Level -2 is the fundamentals of aquatic skills. Level-3 is the development of strokes and is designed to help children feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely and also to teach them the basic swimming strokes. Level-4 is the improvement of strokes to help swimmers execute the swimming strokes.

“The community hasn’t done the swim lessons for the past three years, but we decided to ask for it due to the high request from Community parents for swim lessons,” Recreation Department Pool Manager Cassandra Coonts said. “We asked the recreation department and they approved it. We started out with a big turnout of 28 students. We hope with the big turnout we get to continue doing this every summer and hopefully we can do two sessions next summer to have the opportunity to teach more children.”

Community member Christina Fulwilder said she decided to sign up her children for swim lessons because she knew it would be beneficial training.

“I think it would be good training for my children because we do have a pool at our home and my son tries to jump in and we have to talk to him and let him know he has to learn how to swim. This class gives them the opportunity to learn and know what to do if they end up in the water,” Christina Fulwilder said.

Georgia Goodwin said her son’s first day of lessons was July 14 and she said she signed him up for safety reasons, stating hopefully he will learn how to swim properly.

Rachel Cruz said signing up her children for swim lessons was a way to prepare them in case they ever got caught in a situation involving water.

“We live in Canalside homes and the canal is right there so I just thought it would be good for them to learn, and it’s free,” she explained.

Coonts said if parents are still interested in signing up their kids for lessons to please call at least one day ahead and register so they will provide enough staff for each class. Contact Salt River Pool at (480) 362-7693.

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