Summer’s coming and it’s almost time to break out the swimsuits and suntan lotion. For those who love the water and are looking for some fun in the sun, the Hesperia Recreation and Park District is offering plenty of it through its variety of aquatic activities at Lime Street Park Pool, 16292 Lime St.
The pool officially opened Saturday. Everything from open swim sessions and swim classes to water aerobics and lifeguard training will be available through the end of August.
Steve Hamm, recreation supervisor for the park district, says registration has already begun and spots are filling up fast.
“Some of the classes are already full, so I would encourage everyone to sign up as soon as possible,” Hamm said. “But even if you can’t get into a class, we do have waiting lists.”
The cost for swimming lessons at the pool are $30 for a two-week session held Mondays through Fridays. Classes are open to adults as well as children as young as 6 months. They are divided into levels one through six and teach skills such as how to enter and exit the water, front and back glides and floats, rotary breathing, finning arm action and survival swimming.
Hamm says one of the most popular swim courses is the parent and child aquatics, which is open to youngsters from 6 months to 3 years of age. With assistance from mom or dad, youngsters will learn how to submerge their mouth, nose and eyes, change body positions in the water and perform a combined stroke on the front and back. They also will have the opportunity to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
“The most important part of our aquatics program is making sure everyone learns how to stay safe in the water,” said Hamm. “And that’s the great thing about the parent/child classes because they learn how to communicate with each other around the pool.”
In order to progress through the various levels of swim classes, students must have satisfactorily completed the previous level. Once level six has been passed, youngsters have the option of enrolling in Junior Guard training.
This course provides a foundation for aquatic leadership and also instructs participants on how to prevent drowning and recognize when a swimmer is in trouble, as well the proper attitudes and skills needed to become a Red Cross lifeguard.
“For kids who think they might want to become a lifeguard one day, this class is a very good foundation,” said Hamm. “It also helps people stay on top of their safety skills in general.”
Along with the Junior Guard class, Hesperia Recreation and Park District also offers official lifeguard training regulated by the American Red Cross. The seven-week training program takes place in the spring and offers a certification of upon successful completion.
“From what I’ve seen, about 90 percent of students who take this course go on to become lifeguards,” said Hamm. “The training is rigorous so that when the students graduate, they really know what they’re doing.”
Beyond swim classes and lifeguard certification courses, other activities at the pool include a water aerobics class and pool party rentals. Fees for residents of Hesperia to rent the facility for 90-minute sessions range from $75 for up to 50 people to $135 for up to 100 guests.
It is available from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and at various times on Sunday. Registration is recommended two weeks in advance and can be made at Lime Street Park Community Center.
For more information, visit www.hesperiaparks.com/aquatics or call 760-244-5488.