REC REPORT: Fall into swimming

Learning to swim is a lifelong skill that can benefit you for your entire life.

Learning to swim is a lifelong skill that can benefit you for your entire life.

It can lead into water safety training for future career opportunities. It gives you more fitness opportunities such as lap swimming and Aquafit programs.

The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre offers swim lessons for ages six months to seniors.  Our fall sessions will start on Friday Oct. 21 with levels 5 to 10. Swim Kids level 5 and 8/9/10 is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., swim kids level 6/7 is scheduled from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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If your children have been involved in Red Cross swims and they are bored with the format, there is an opportunity for them to change it up a bit with the Canadian Swim Patrol program.

They will still work on their swim strokes and endurance but its challenges are more advanced training in water safety techniques. Rookie, Ranger and the Star Patrol awards are achievable within this program. This is the prerequisite for the Bronze Medallion if you are under the age of 13.

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Preschool levels 1 to 8 and Swim kids 1 to 4 will be held Saturday mornings for six weeks starting Oct. 22. After your child has completed their lesson, the family can join in for some fun with an instructor during Parent and Tot Swim and Play from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This is a great time for parents and tots to enjoy the pool with other families and little ones. Success By 6 and Grand Forks Recreation has once again generously sponsored this community program.

Preschool levels 1 to 8 will also be offered starting Nov. 7.

Morning sessions will run between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. and evening sessions will be offered between 5 and 7 p.m. These sessions run Monday and Wednesdays for three weeks.

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And kids, let’s not forget scuba at the pool on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Sheldon Boyd with Serpent Aquatics from Summerland will be here between 1 and 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct.16.

For additional fall programming information check out our monthly brochure at www.rdkb.com. You can also call 250-442-2202 or the aquatic centre 250-442-3488.