|For those who have always wanted to learn how to swim, Chula Vista’s Recreation Department is offering swimming lessons that run continuously from spring through the fall. The first three week session begins February 24 at Parkway Aquatic Center, 385 Park Way. The 30-minute classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between the hours of 4-7 p.m. Classes are available for ages six months to adult and the series costs $32.
Loma Verde Aquatic Center, 1420 Loma Lane, will host two week swimming lesson classes for ages six months to adult beginning March 17. The 30-minute sessions will run Monday through Friday between 4-7 p.m., and costs $35.
Registration will be open Monday through Friday from 3-6:45 p.m. at both centers beginning February 17, or priority online registration beginning February 10, at 8 a.m. at www.chulavistaca.gov/goto/swim.
A unique program, Read to Swim, is also being implemented in Chula Vista to address three vital issues affecting youth: water safety, literacy and the fight against childhood obesity. Read to Swim rewards children for taking an interest in reading by offering free swimming lessons. To be eligible, children ages 4-16 must read an age appropriate book and then write a brief book report. Children that cannot yet read may have an adult read to them and then draw a picture of their favorite part of the story. Books can be obtained from home or at the Chula Vista Public Library.
Thanks to a grant from USA Swimming Foundation, swim lessons are scheduled at both City Aquatic Centers. Session One will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Parkway from February 24-March 14, Session Two will be held at Parkway, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from March 17-April 4, and Session Three will be held at Loma Verde, Monday-Friday from April 14-25. All sessions will be offered between 4-7 p.m.
Children participating in the Read to Swim program will be asked to take a Soda Free Challenge during their swim lessons and commit to not drink soda for two weeks. They will also be asked to track their consumption of fruits and vegetables each day of the challenge.
For more information about the Read to Swim program, please contact Elizabeth Kovar at (619) 409-1984 or go to www.chulavistaca.gov/goto/swim.
Posted: February 4, 2014