Aquatic Park opening draws crowd

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Over 200 swimmers enjoy Cassville pool at the start of summer season

By Lindsay Reed

The Cassville Family Aquatic Center opened Tuesday, with around 200 swimmers in attendance, said Jeannine Blankinship, manager. Last year, 125 people visited the center on opening day.

"It's going really well," said Blankinship. "We are using the new system with the arm bands to make sure the kids who struggle with swimming stay in the shallow end. The kids with the armbands on can go into the deeper water.

"We're trying to keep things as safe as possible," said Blankinship, "and I think the Y is doing a great job in implementing and maintaining the safety procedures."

Pool admission prices this year are $4 per person for ages 3 years and over. Season passes are available at the Monett Family YMCA, which is located at 201 Euclid in Monett. Season pass rates are $75 for a single person and $150 for a family.

Open swim will be Sunday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.

Pool rentals, which will be available throughout the year, cost $105 for two hours of rental time. Pool rental fees include all staffing and use of the Aquatic Center slides. Reservations must be paid for at least two weeks in advance.

The YMCA is currently taking sign-ups for the Learn-To-Swim program, which features seven different levels of instruction to help young swimmers develop and refine swimming and safety skills.

Learn-To-Swim lessons, which are around 45 minutes each, are available to children age 3 and over.

Swimming lessons will be offered at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Several additional water classes will be conducted at the Aquatic Center this year. Cassville residents can choose to attend aquababies or guard start classes at 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Aquababies is an American Red Cross Infant and Preschool Aquatics Program for children 6 months to 3 years of age. The class will help children become comfortable in and around water and give parents techniques to help orient children to aquatics.

Guard start is designed to give youngsters ages 11 to 16 a jump start into lifeguarding. This program is an ideal transition between Learn-To-Swim lessons and the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course.

There will be four different swimming class sessions this summer: session one, June 5 to June 15; session two, June 19 to July 29; session three, July 10 to July 20; and session four, July 24 to Aug. 3.

Aquasize classes, which will be held from June 5 through June 29 and July 18 through Aug. 11 are offered at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

Fees for all swimming lessons and aquatics classes are $30 per session for non-YMCA members and $20 for YMCA members. Cassville residents can join the Monett Area YMCA by visiting the Monett YMCA. Members will receive additional discounts at the Cassville Gymnastics Center.

Monett Area YMCA members will have free access to the Monett City Pool and access to the Cassville Water Park for $1 per person or $25 for a season pass. Fees cover every person listed on the membership.

Private swimming lessons can be arranged by appointment only. Private lessons, which allow students to work at individual skill levels to improve techniques and endurance, cost $70 for six lessons.

Saturday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m will be family nights. Families can swim for $5 per family. All immediate family members are included. Family nights are free with family season passes.

The Aquatic Center will also offer lap swim from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lanes must be reserved in advance. Lap swims cost $1 per visit.

For more information, call the YMCA at 846-1535.

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