Y swimming classes make a big splash
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[August 05, 2011]
In the early morning hours, and again
as the sun moved into the west, polliwogs, eels, pikes and guppies
followed their leaders in and out of the water -- at the Elks pool.
Five groups of youngsters, 6 months to 12 years old, spent two weeks
in late July at different stages of the swimming process, from
becoming acquainted with the water to perfecting their knowledge of
Eight lifeguards, trained by the YMCA as instructors, guided the
swimmers through their paces under the supervision of Chris Cicci, sports and aquatics director
at the Y.
"Six of the eight lifeguards
have been with the Y swimming program for three to four years,"
Cicci said, "and the newest two lifeguards were trained prior to
this year's season. They are a great group of young people, and they
really care about the kids."
Classes were initially scheduled for July 18-28, but a problem
with the pump at the pool resulted in an adjustment in attendance
days. Everything worked out and classes resumed when the equipment
This week, children from Christian Child Care are swimming
students in the Y program. And the pool will again be teeming with
the sound of little creatures working their way across the water.
[By MARLA BLAIR]