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Free swim lessons offered at pool
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The Warren County chapter of the American Red Cross is announcing sign-ups for this summer’s Learn-To-Swim classes will be held tomorrow, June 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., or until the classes are full, at McMinnville Civic Center.
As in previous years, classes will be available for 6-year-olds and up. Children must be a minimum of 6 when their class starts. Adult classes will be 15 and up.
Classes are at Gilley Pool Monday thru Friday for two weeks and last one hour each night. There are two sessions. Session 1 is July 11-22. Session 2 is July 25 - Aug. 5. Classes start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Classes for all levels of adults are in Session 2 at 8 p.m. Kyle Phillips is again directing the program. Please call the Red Cross office at 473-2595 or 815-1963 if there are any questions.
This year organizers will offer a basic rescue class for 11-15-year-olds. Participants must have strong level 4 or higher skills and pass a water test the first night of class. This class will be offered in Session 2 only at 7:30 p.m. and will last for 90 minutes. This class is limited to 16 people.
There is always a need for volunteers to get in the pool and assist instructors, as well as be on deck for bathroom duty. It would be extremely helpful if each class has two to four additional assistants especially in the lower levels. No swim skill is necessary as they will only be assisting the instructor. A table will be set up for volunteers to sign up.
“Everyone who helps with this program is a volunteer and it is that volunteer spirit that keeps this program going,” said Phillips.
According to Phillips, no late registrations or telephone registrations will be accepted. Only applications received June 30 at the Civic Center will be accepted. If you are unable to attend, please have someone attend and register for you.
It’s required all applications be signed by parents or legal guardians. The application can be signed the first night of class if someone other than the parent is submitting it.
These classes are free. All instructors and assistants volunteer their time. Organizers say they are in need of additional volunteers. Anyone who would like to volunteer, please call 815-1963.