Youngsters gather for swim lessons

By Jessica Benz 

       Diving into summer, swimming lessons began at the Terry Pool in Murn Park on Monday, July 13. Over 30 children are participating in the lessons, with  various levels of instruction being offered.

These lessons provide children, ranging from toddlers to teens, a chance to learn and refine basic swimming and water skills. While the  youngest kids work on learning to put their faces in the water, and playing games so they become more comfortable and at ease, older or more experienced children focus on more advanced and complex strokes.
     An initial skills testing took place on Monday morning grouping children according to their experience and ability. While most students are local, some are from nearby communities, or even out of state, as they spend summer vacations with extended family and take advantage of the relatively small class sizes, and open availability for lessons.  This year, lessons will be offered over the course of two weeks; July 13-19, and July 20-24.
     With over five years as the lead instructor, Sarah Pisk has again returned to help out this summer and is working with children she has known for several years. Assisting her are Jerett Freiboth, Natasha Fredrickson, Weston Ludtke and Micah Kirkpatrick, the Terry Pool's  resident lifeguards.

Published July 15, 2009

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