Aquatic center to open Saturday

Thursday, May 27, 2010
Ready for the 2010 swim season Democrat Photo The Cassville Family YMCA trained several young men and women to serve as lifeguards at the Cassville Aquatic Center this summer. The water park will open at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Pictured above, are: Dove Haney, manager; Becca Haney; Leah Denton; Valerie Flynn; Josh Dyer; Bryan Schroeder; Caleb Wilbanks; Kyle Rhea; Nathan Haney; Molly Hopper; Carley Morrison; Belinda Long; Justin Pflug; Garrett Barnes; Kory Hayward; Jenna Thomas; Skyler Branham; Jon Haney, assistant manager; Stacey Hopper, assistant manager; Jessica Lueckenhoff; Axl Larson; Victoria LeCompte; Chris Smith; Macayla Coleman; Matt Richie; and Amber Gentry. Absent from the photo are: Danielle Pianalto, Joseph Gouvion and Devin Linenbrink.

The Cassville Family YMCA is gearing up for the 2010 swim season. Open swim hours will begin at the Cassville Aquatic Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 29.

"The city has been painting and refreshing the slides and other areas," said Michelle Bredeson, Cassville Family YMCA facility manager. "They also purchased all new chairs for the aquatic park.

"We have been putting up new umbrellas and doing a lot of clean up," said Bredeson. "We have some new equipment in the concession area. We will also be pressure washing the sidewalks and conducting lifeguard training to get all of our new staff ready for the swim season."

Aquatic Center staff members will once again enforce the red zone this year. All swimmers should be prepared to complete a swimming evaluation before venturing into the deep end of the pool.

Admission prices will remain the same this year. A daily pass for swimmers over the age of 3 will be $4. Cassville Family YMCA members will have free access to the Cassville Aquatic Center.

Season passes will be available at the Cassville YMCA. Individual season passes will cost $70, and family passes can be purchased for $175. Season passes will be valid during open swim hours, which will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Family Nights will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Saturday. Families can enjoy the Aquatic Center for $5 during the two-hour swim time. Family nights are free with a family season pass.

Free swim days will be offered at the Aquatic Center three times this summer. The first community event is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, June 1. Other free swim days will be held July 1 and Aug. 1.

Lap swim hours will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lanes must be reserved in advance. Lap swims cost $1 per visit.

Pool rental fees, which cover staffing and the use of the Aquatic Center slides, have increased from $95 per hour to $100 per hour this year. The concession stand will be offered to large groups. To reserve the pool, all fees must be paid at the Cassville YMCA in advance.

The YMCA will also offer the Learn-to-Swim Program again this year. Three levels of instruction will be offered to 3- to 5-year old students, and four swim levels will be offered for children who are over 6 years of age.

There will be four different swimming class sessions this summer: session one, June 7 through June 17; session two, June 21 through July 1; session three, July 5 through July 15; and session four, July 19 through July 29.

Swim lessons, which last around 45 minutes, are held at noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fees for swim lessons are $25 per session for YMCA members and $45 per session for non-YMCA members.

Private swimming lessons can be arranged by appointment. Students will have an opportunity to improve techniques and endurance during one-on-one sessions. Private lessons cost $90 for six lessons.

The Cassville YMCA will also offer aquababies, aquasize and guard start classes this summer. Aquasize classes are free to YMCA members and $25 for non-members. Guard start, which is for 11- to 16-year-old students who are interested in working at the pool in the future, cost $30.

Swim lesson registration forms and other information can be obtained at the Cassville Family YMCA, which is located on Highway 248 in Cassville. For more information, call 846-1535.

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