Youth swim classes set through summer

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education has scheduled a series of swim classes for late spring and summer that are suitable for children ranging in age from 6 months to teens.

Swim classes are offered in three age divisions: “shark” level for ages 6 years and up; “fish” level for ages 3 through 5; and “minnows” level for 6 months to 3 years old. An adult must be in the pool with the child at the minnow or fish level. Classes are held in the Reid Gymnasium pool on weekdays.

A first session scheduled for Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 22, for beginner-level sharks was canceled due to pool maintenance. First sessions for sharks, minnows and fish will begin Friday, June 19. More sessions for all three age divisions are scheduled for July.

Classes will be taught by Mike Creason, a retired faculty member of health, physical education and recreation at WCU. Creason has 34 years of experience teaching swim lessons to individuals of all ages and is certified by the American Red Cross. Parents who need help in determining the appropriate swim group for a child should contact him at 828-293-5364.

All participants in the swim programs or their parent/guardian must read and agree to the terms of an assumption of risk waiver that can be found at

The costs for the sessions are $75 for sharks and $44 for fish and minnows. For more information or to register, visit the website listed above or call the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.