The Caney Fork Chapter of the Red Cross will hold sign-ups for this summer’s Learn-to-Swim Program on Tuesday, June 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., or until classes are full at McMinnville Civic Center.
As in previous years, classes are free and available for anyone 6 years and older. Students must be a minimum of 6 years old when their class starts. Anyone 15 years and older will sign up as an adult for the second session.
All classes are at Gilley Pool, Monday thru Friday for two weeks and last one hour each night. There are two sessions of classes. Session 1 is June 20-July 1 and Session 2 is July 11-22. Classes are held at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. based on the class. Students may only take one class per summer. All adult classes are at 8 p.m. during Session 2 only.
The Red Cross will continue to 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. This class is offered during Session 2 only at 7:30 p.m. and will last 1 ½ hours. The basic rescue class is limited to 16 people.
No registrations will be accepted early, late or by telephone. Only applications accepted June 7, in person, will be accepted. If you are unable to attend, please have someone attend and register for you. The Red Cross requires all applications to be signed by the parent or legal guardian. The application can be signed by the parent the first night of classes at the pool if someone other than the parent is registering.
Training for new instructors will take place June 6-10 and a short aide course for all helpers will be 6-6:30 p.m. June 7 at Gilley Pool. If interested in the instructor course to teach swimming lessons, contact the Civic Center by June 4.
“Everyone involved in making these lessons possible is volunteering their time. They are not paid,” said Learn-to-Swim director Robyn Kirby. “These lessons could not happen without these incredibly dedicated people who continue to return, year after year. Please consider volunteering yourself. We need helpers in the water and out. Each class has a trained instructor and assistants. The assistants are not required to have training but should have the skills of the level they are assisting. More assistants in the water will improve safety and learning for each student.”
To volunteer to assist, visit us the night of sign-ups or call the Civic Center at 473-1212.
For information about each level and tracking skills for your students, download the free app “red cross swim.” Here, there is valuable information that can help you decide what level to place your child. These levels do not work like school grade levels. Each swim level is based on ability.
Stay informed on any changes by liking the Warren County Red Cross Swim Lessons page on Facebook.