“Minnows,” “fish” and “sharks” will be swimming on the Western Carolina University campus this spring and summer as the university’s Division of Educational Outreach offers children’s swim programs in the Reid Gymnasium pool.
Minnows-level swim classes, for children ages 6 months to 3 years, will be held in four separate sessions: 3:15 to 4:05 p.m., May 10-21; 5:15 to 6:05 p.m., June 14-25; 5:15 to 6:05 p.m., July 12-23; and 5:15 to 6:05 p.m., Aug. 2-13. Classes meet Monday through Friday.
Fish-level, for ages 3 through 5, will be offered in these sessions: 4:10 to 5 p.m., May 10-21; 6:10 to 7 p.m., June 14-25; 6:10 to 7 p.m., July 12-23; and 6:10 to 7 p.m., Aug. 2-13. Classes meet Monday through Friday.
An adult must be in the pool with the child, and infants must wear a swim diaper. Each child and parent will be required to rinse off before entering the pool, and participants are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes before class to get ready for pool time.
Children who are 3 years old may take either minnow- or fish-level classes, according to their abilities. The cost is $41 per session.
Shark-level classes, for children 6 and above, will be offered in three sessions.
Shark-level session one, designed for beginning swimmers, will be held from 5:35 to 6:40 p.m., May 10-21.
Shark-level session two will be held June 14-July 2 for these groups: 8:45 to 9:30 a.m., intermediate and advanced swimmers; 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., beginners and advanced beginners; and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., beginners and advanced beginners.
Shark-level session three will be held July 6-23 for these groups: 8:45 to 9:30 a.m., intermediate and advanced swimmers; 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., beginners and advanced beginners; and 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., beginners and advanced.
All shark-level classes meet Monday through Friday, but the first class for session three will be held on a Tuesday.
Shark-level sessions are $75. A child may enroll in more than one session with a second registration. Parents are not allowed in the pool or in the pool area while shark-level classes are in session.
Michael Creason, instructor for the swim programs, retired as an assistant professor in WCU’s department of health, physical education and recreation. He is certified by the American Red Cross to teach infants and children to swim, and he has worked as a swimming instructor for 33 years.