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Warwick Offers Summer Swim Lessons Starting July 8

Warwick City Hall.

WARWICK, R.I. —  Registration for summer evening swim lesson sessions at McDermott Pool starting July 8 is open, according to Mayor Joseph Solomon’s office.

Three levels of classes will be offered for children age 5 to 11, and one for children aged 3 and 4.

The sessions are a continuation of spring sessions, which were offered for the first time in nearly 10 years and saw such a demand that additional classes were added to the original programming schedule,  Solomon announced.

“The popularity of the spring sessions was a very strong indication that there’s a lot of interest in and a need to continue this program,” Solomon said. “This is just another step in our work to increase recreational opportunities for residents of all ages throughout the year.”

During each class, students will practice a previously-learned skill, learn a new skill and demonstrate a component of swim safety. The last several minutes of class will be used to incorporate what students have learned into a game or fun play.

One four-week session, with lessons once per week, is offered at $20 for Warwick residents and $35 for non-residents. A two-week session, which runs daily Mondays through Thursdays for two weeks, are offered for $40 for Warwick residents and $70 for non-residents.

Classes are offered at three levels for children aged 5 through 11:

Level I:                        Non swimmers

Level II:                      Child can float on front and back, submerge head, blow bubbles and swim ½ the width of the pool.

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Level III:                     Child can float on front and back, submerge head, blow bubbles and swim on both front and back for the width of the pool.

Level I*                        Offered for children aged 3 and 4.

If parents/guardians are unable to determine a child’s swimming ability based on the descriptions above, they are asked to see the lifeguard on duty, who will perform a swimming assessment with the child.

Class options for one, four-week session (4 lessons total) are as follows:

Mondays          July 8, 15, 22 and 29 OR

August 5, 12, 19 and 26

6:05-6:35 p.m.           Level I, Level I*, Level II

Tuesdays         July 9, 16, 23 and 30 OR

August 6, 13, 20 and 27

6:05-6:35 p.m.            Level I, Level III

Wednesdays    July 10, 17, 24 and 31 OR

August 7, 14, 21and 28

6:05-6:35 p.m.           Level I, Level 1*, Level II

Thursdays       July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 OR

August 8, 15, 22 and 29

6:05-6:35 p.m. Level I, Level III

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Two-week sessions, Monday –  Thursday (8 lessons total):

July 8-18                                             12:00-12:30 ( Level I, Level II, Level III )

12:30-1:00 ( Level I* )

July 22-August 1                               12:00-12:30 ( Level I, Level II, Level III )

12:30-1:00 ( Level I* )

August 5-August 15                          12:00-12:30 ( Level I, Level II, Level III )

12:30-1:00 ( Level I* )

Registration is available at McDermott Pool, 925 Sandy Lane, during normal hours of operation. The pool is open Monday-Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Applications are also available online.

For additional information, please call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 738-2019.

Author: Rob Borkowski

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