Summer Aquatics Program opens

Certified lifeguards work with children Tuesday at the Watsonville High pool during the annual Summer Aquatics Program. — Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE — The Parks and Community Services Department’s Summer Aquatics Program, held at the Watsonville High School pool, is now underway.

The program features swimming lessons and recreational open swim available to the public, for all ages and all levels of swimming skills.

Classes include Beginners I, II, III, Intermediate, Super Tots, Water Babies and Parents and Tots, said Jenny Vivenzi, recreation supervisor for the City of Watsonville.

Parents and Tots is designed to introduce the inexperienced or fearful infant or child to pooled water. Parents actively participate in the class by teaching the skills shown by the instructor. The objective of Water Babies is to help parents and participants feel comfortable in water and to enjoy the water safely. Parents and participants will learn how to enter and exit the pool safely, hold their breath, blow bubbles and put their face in the water.

Vivenzi, who is in her first year heading up the program, said skilled instructors can help people learn basic water safety, and teach those who are terrified of getting in the water to overcome their fear and reach a comfortable level of safe swimming.

Besides the four instruction sessions this summer, there are open swim sessions, which run Monday through Friday from 1:15-2:55 p.m. Vivenzi said a family can also purchase a $75 pass that is good for up to five people.

Water at the pool is typically kept at a comfortable 79-80 degrees. There is a limit of 200 people in the open swim program.

Vivenzi, who has assisted with the program in the past, is Red Cross approved and a certified lifeguard.

“We’re excited to get this up and running,” she said. “This is all about teaching people to be safe in and out of the water. Come on out and meet our great group of lifeguards. We’ll also help provide some relief to the public from the summer heat, whenever that arrives.”

The program goes through Aug.8.

For a schedule of classes and times, visit cityofwatsonville.org or call 768-3240.

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