Weather doesn't stop park opening

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Opening Day at the Cassville Family Aquatic Center drew fewer swimmers than normal this year due to the dreary weather, said Tammy Wormington, Aquatic Center manager.

"The rain kept some people away," said Wormington. "We had to pull everyone out of the pool three different times and then we had to close early due to the weather. It was crazy, but everything turned out good. Everybody had a fun time."

Pool admission prices this year are $4 per person for ages 3 years and over. Cassville YMCA members receive free admission to the Cassville Family Aquatic Center throughout the summer.

Season passes are available at the Cassville YMCA, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. Season pass rates are $70 for a single person and $175 for a family.

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

Family nights will be held on Saturday evenings between 6 and 8 p.m. 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.

Pool rentals, which will be available throughout the year, cost $75 per hour. Pool rental fees include all staffing and use of the Aquatic Center slides. Reservations must be paid for in advance at the Cassville YMCA.

The Cassville YMCA will also offer the Learn-To-Swim program again this year. The program 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. 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.

Aquasize classes, which increase cardiovascular endu-rance and strengthen and tone muscles using water resistance, will also be offered throughout the summer. Interested individuals can choose to attend aquasize classes at noon or 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

There will be four different swimming class sessions this summer: session one, June 4 to June 14; session two, June 18 to July 28; session three, July 9 to July 19; and session four, July 23 to Aug. 3.

Swimming lesson fees are $20 for YMCA members and $35 for non-members. Aquasize classes cost $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Aquababies classes cost $15 for members and $25 for non-members, and guard start classes cost $25 for both members and non-members.

Private swimming lessons, which must be arranged by appointment, will also be offered this year. Private lessons allow students to work at individual skill levels to improve techniques and endurance.

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

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