Summertime swim classes offered for children

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education has scheduled a series of summertime swim classes 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 for all levels will begin Monday, June 12. 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 more than 40 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 cost for the sessions is $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.