July 17 GRAND FORKS RECREATION REPORT: Red Cross lessons offered

Grand Forks Recreation is offering Canadian Red Cross swim courses.

The Canadian Red Cross is one of the most respected brands in the world. Its swim programs have been around for more than 60 years. Over one million Canadians enroll yearly in learn-to-swim programs or train to become certified water safety instructors.

Red Cross swim programs are active, engaging and age appropriate. All classes are standardized across Canada, so if a child is taking Red Cross Swim in one community it is easily transferred to another.

Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) provides learn-to-swim programs throughout the year for children ages six months and up. Our instructors are trained through the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Development program and guide children in safe and active learning.

The second set of Red Cross lessons scheduled for the summer begins Monday, July 22. Classes take place Monday to Friday offering classes for ages three years and up. The final set of lessons for the summer takes place Aug. 12 to 16.

Christina Lake Recreation is providing Red Cross lessons at the public beach the week of July 29 to Aug. 2. Taking lessons in open water is a unique opportunity for kids. Developing swim and safety skills outside of a pool setting emphasizes real life experiences and encourages respect for environmental challenges.

Also taking place at the Christina Public beach is the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Camp. Candidates will become skilled in water safety, life saving and endurance training.

The Bronze camp is the first award necessary in becoming a lifeguard. You must be 13 years of age or older. The course takes place July 29 to Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

If you are aged eight to 15 and want to challenge yourself by participating in skills, drills and games, register for the Canadian Swim Patrol Camp taking place at the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre Aug. 6 to 9. Swim Patrol is a leadership program geared for younger kids and is ideal for those interested in improving swim stroke and endurance along with safety skills training.

The Red Cross swim lessons and the leadership programs require pre-registration. Contact GFREC for additional information and to register for both Grand Forks and Christina Lake programming. You can contact us by calling 250-442-2202.


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