Swimming 101

Published 7:17 am Monday, June 9, 2008

By By Chandler Myers
Summer is quickly approaching and trips to the pool or beach will quickly take over people’s lives as the temperatures keep climbing.
With kids eager to splash in the waves or jump off diving boards it is important to make sure that they have the right moves to have a safe summer.
Betty Warren, director at the Tom Byrne Park Pool, said swim lessons are imperative because kids need to know more than how to move in a pool.
Instructors teach swimmers who are just getting their feet wet the strokes before getting to involved in the lessons.
Haylee Gross, an instructor and former swim lesson student at Tom Bryne Park Pool, said while knowing how to do the stroke is important she first teaches the motions of the stroke a few times.
Children are not the only people who have the opportunity to take swim lessons, as some adults might not have taken swim lessons in their youth.
Vangela Franklin, director at the Houston Avery Park Pool, said she teaches adults swim lessons in the morning.
Swim lessons at Houston Avery Park run every day throughout summer and take place from 10 a.m. until noon.
Franklin said the lessons are 75 cents and people can come whenever they are able to.
Lessons at the Tom Bryne Park Pool run $30 and there are three different summer sessions for ages 2 years old and older.
The next session’s sign up is June 16 from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and runs from June 23-July 11. The last session registers on July 8 from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. and runs from July 14-Aug. 1.
Warren said that there are three times in the morning for one-hour sessions and then evening sessions are on two days.

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