Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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May 30, 2013

A whole new way with swim lessons — A whole new way of hitting the pool is only a couple of backstrokes away as summer swim lessons in Pauls Valley are nearly here.

The first of two sessions is set to begin this weekend as overall the lessons at the Bosa indoor pool will continue right through the first of August.

One big difference in years past is swim lessons will group kids in their level of comfort with the water rather than classes based on age.

All of that begins on the first day of each session as each swimmer will be evaluated to see which category of lessons best fit them, according to aquatics director Billy Tomlinson.

That first session’s evaluation day is set for a 9 a.m. start on Saturday, June 1, while the start of a second session starts in late June.

“They’ll come in and be evaluated by a certified instructor the first day unless they’re 3 years old or younger,” Tomlinson said. “The younger kids will all be in the Mommy and Me class.

“The rest will be evaluated and assigned to a class based on their ability level in the water,” he said.

“This year the big difference is swim lessons won’t be every day and classes won’t be assigned by age.

“We’ll have less days and kids are assigned by swim ability and their comfort levels with water. We want to teach each child to be comfortable with the water.”

Each of the four-week sessions will come on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a choice of morning or afternoon classes.

This, Tomlinson said, give parents more options in choosing the time that best fits their own schedules.

Yet another change is the cost for the lessons will be just a little bit less than in the past.

As for this new way of conducting the lessons, Tomlinson said it’s modeled after a program done at the facility where he previously worked in Allen, Texas.

“Assigning people only by age isn’t really putting the kids in the proper place,” he said.

The first of the levels is Preschool offered from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m. This one focuses on the basic building blocks of being in the water.

Level 1, which helps kids start to learn good swimming habits, is from 10:40 to 11:10 a.m. and 4:40 to 5:10 p.m.

Slowly increasing kids’ swim skills is the focus of Level 2, offered from 11:20 to 11:50 a.m. and 5:20 to 5:50 p.m.

Level 3 is to help kids develop their swimming strokes. It is from noon to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 6:30 p.m.

If any kids are assigned to Level 4, lessons are 6:40 to 7:10 p.m. The class could also be joined with the third level.

The first session starts with evaluation day on June 1 and follows with classes on June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27.

The second session starts with evaluation day on June 29. Classes are July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 with the final day on Aug. 1.

Class sizes will be limited to 12 swimmers and include a certified instructor and two aides.

The Mommy and Me classes for the youngest of children is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

The first session here is June 8, 15, 22 and 29. The second is July 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3.

At the end of each session swimmers will be given certificates of “accomplishment” or “completion.”

“An accomplishment certificate means they’re not quite ready for the next level,” Tomlinson said.

To register for the lessons, forms are available at the Reynolds Recreation Center.

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