by Amber Carter
As the temperatures in the Valley rise to above one hundred degrees, there are limited activities to beat the heat. For families in Reedley and surrounding communities, the City of Reedley Aquatics program is an excellent option.
A few years ago, the Reedley community passed Measure K that would use tax dollars to improve Kings Canyon Unified School District. One of these improvements included a brand new, state of the art Aquatics Complex on the Reedley High School Campus. Opened in August of 2014, this pool has hosted many practices, swim meets, and other activities. The City Of Reedley Parks and Recreation department also has access to this outstanding complex, and uses it for the community’s benefit.
A summer staff of thirteen certified lifeguards opens the pool at 8:45 a.m. for the starting 9 a.m. lessons. These lessons range in skill levels from water babies to intermediate swimmers and last for a half an hour. Private lessons are also given on the half hour. Morning lessons are given from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and evening lessons are given from 3:50-5:30 p.m. Sessions continue for two weeks.
During their time in class, kids learn basic swim skills such as floating and a beginner’s crawl, as well as more complex accomplishments, like backstroke and dives. The cost for a class is $50, and the price of private lessons is $85. Adult swim lessons are also offered beginning on July 5 at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The sessions also last two weeks and cost $65. Registration for any of these classes is available at the Reedley Community Center on 100 Northeast Avenue.
On top of lessons, City of Reedley (COR Aquatics) is open for Recreational Swim on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:30-3:15 p.m. “Rec Swim” is open for all ages and is a great family activity. Children under eighteen and seniors are admitted for $2.50, and adults are admitted for $3.
Lap Swim is also available for all ages on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 8-10 p.m. Anyone can come down to the pool to get in a workout. Additional hours are offered Monday through Friday from 3:50-5:30 p.m. A regular lap swimmer, Dr. David Carter says, “There’re several things I like about lap swim. One, I just like to swim, and it feels so good to swim laps. I also come to socialize with the other swimmers and to see them enjoy themselves as well.” Lap swim passes can be purchased at the Reedley Community Center.
Bobbi Monk’s popular water aerobics is also a great way to cool off in this valley heat. Participants exercise the whole body with a huge emphasis on cardio and physical therapy. “It’s wonderful because not only does it work on the body, but it works on your mentality. It’s a big stress reducer,” Monk says. Summer classes run on Monday and Wednesday evening from 7:45-8:45 at a cost of $30 a month.
The Reedley Aquatics staff does its best to make every families’ experience safe and enjoyable. Pool manager Allison Mackee says, “I’m excited to see each of my guards grow and shine in their potential. We have hit the ground running and we’ve only just begun! Go COR Aquatics!”
In the search of a family summer activity, don’t look too far. A great spot is just around the corner at the Reedley High School Pool.
For more information on any classes
Reedley City Community Center
100 Northeast Avenue