by Lorie Lewis Ham
With summer weather finally approaching everyone will be trying to find ways to stay cool and to have some fun. For those of us who don’t have our own pools the City pool has always been a great, inexpensive option for both staying cool and having fun. Unfortunately, due to the current economy some of those pools will either not be open this summer or will be cutting back on hours.
Reedley City pool is one of those pools that will not be open this year. However, the City has managed to find a cheaper alternative so as not to leave Reedley residents without their wet fun this year—they are using the pool at Reedley College.
For those interested in swimming lessons registration began last month and three two-week sessions will be available this year. Dates and times are listed below. Currently registration is at the Community Center but it moves to the Reedley College Pool, 995 North Reed Ave. on June 20th from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sessions are:
Session I- June 20-July 1
Session II- July 4-July 15
Session III- July 18-July 29
Group Swim Lesson Cost: $40.00 Swim Lessons per person per session
Private Lesson Cost: $60.00 Swim Lesson per person per session
Classes are in the morning Monday through Friday and are as follows:
Water Babies- (1 to 3 years) Child must be accompanied by an adult. Basic water introduction.
Polywog I- (3 to 5 years) Introduction to water. Learn to submerge on command. Basic water skills taught.
Polywog II- (4 to 6 years) To submerge on command. Pre-beginner skills are taught. To become prone with face in the water.
Beginner- (any age) Swim prone position with face in the water. Crawl stroke taught with water skills
Advanced Beginner- (any age) Beginner class or swim crawl stroke (freestyle) effectively in deep water. Elementary back and crawl stroke taught with skills.
Intermediate- (any age) Must have completed Adv. Beginner class or elementary back and crawl stroke. Breast stroke with skills taught. Five major strokes re-emphasized with skills.
Private lesson-the student will receive one on one attention for swim lesson instruction. The teacher will adjust to the level of the swimmer.
For those just interested in swimming on their own, recreational swimming will begin on June 20 and continue through July 29. It will be three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost is: 17 and under $2.00, adults (18-54) $2.50 and Seniors $1.50. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The pool is located at 995 North Reed Ave. on the Reedley College Campus near the tennis courts. Parking is free. For more information call 637-4203.
Another option for a City pool is Kingsburg at the Crandell Swim Complex. Lap swimming, aqua aerobics and private pool party reservations began in April and May. The regular summer season began on June 6.
Lap swimming is available for those over the age of 14 with the strict intent of swimming laps in a workout fashion. It will be made available to the public during the mornings and evenings in conjunction with other scheduled programs. Cost: Lap swimmers can purchase a pass for $2.00 per day or $25.00 per month (pass is valid for 30 calendar days from the purchase date).
Public recreation swim is open to all groups. Their facility is equipped with diving boards, restrooms, showers, concession stand, picnic areas, sunning areas and spectator bleachers. All personal flotation devices must be approved by the Pool Manager and all patrons must abide by all facility rules and staff instructions. Children under the age of 12 must be under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. Children under the age of 6 may not enter the water alone, a parent or guardian must swim with them. Patrons must swim in designated areas only.
Recreation swim hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Recreation swim passes can be purchased for $2 per day for a child, $2.50 per day for adult. Any non – swimmers may purchase a discounted pass for $1.50 per day. Children under the age of 2 are free. Monthly passes are available for $40 a month for singles (pass is valid for 30 calendar days from the purchase date).
Throughout the summer, the Crandell Swim Complex also opens the gates on Friday Nights from 7 to 10 p.m. for evening swim. The concession stand is open and offers hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cold drinks, and much more. Admission is collected at the gate and Family Fun Passes are available, which is a great inexpensive thing for the whole family to enjoy. Cost: $2 per person, children under 2 are free. Family Fun Passes are $20 and they include: entrance for 4 people, 4 hamburgers or hot dogs, 4 bags of chips, 4 large sodas OR 4 small sodas and 4 candy bars.
Crandell also offers a Junior Life Guard Program, swim lessons, Aqua Aerobics, Aqua Therapy, pool, party and team rentals. For more information you can contact them at 897-5328 or 897-0305.
Many other cities also have local pools. You can learn more about Parlier’s pool by calling 646-3545. You can learn more about the Sanger pool on their website and in Selma contact Holidae Jennings, 393-7689, who is in charge of the Swim Lessons for their Swim Club. If your City isn’t listed here, they may not have a pool, but a little bit of search on the internet or a call to your City should give you the information you need.
Enjoy some cool, wet and inexpensive fun this summer!