Aquatic center opens Saturday

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ready for 2012 swim season Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed The Cassville Family YMCA has hired several young men and women to serve as lifeguards at the Cassville Aquatic Center this summer. The 2012 lifeguarding staff includes: Ben Makela, Brooke Williams, Reba Dupont, Ali Hanson, Christina Willard, Stowe Phelps, Isaak Redmon, Cassie Wiertsema, Justin Pflug, Josh Sexton, Chris Dunker, Jessica Haney, Becca Haney, Breanna Miller, Courtney Parnell, Joshua Dyer, Josh McCarroll, Bradley Lueckenhoff, Kelsey Baker, Jessica Lueckenhoff, Hayden Prater, Ashley Reid and Danielle Pianalto. Nicki Crouthamel serves at the Cassville Aquatic Center manager.

The Cassville Aquatic Center will kick off the 2012 swimming season at 1 p.m. Saturday. The pool will be open until 8 p.m.

This year's open swim hours are the same as the hours offered in 2011. In addition to being open from 1 to 8 p.m. each Saturday, the aquatic center will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

"For safety reasons, all children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian who is at least 16 years old," said Dove Haney, Cassville YMCA facility manager.

Admission prices will also remain the same this year. A daily pass for swimmers over the age of 2 will be $4. Cassville Family YMCA members will have free access to the Aquatic Center throughout the summer.

Individuals interested in purchasing season passes can do so at the Cassville YMCA on Highway 248 in Cassville. Single-person season passes are $70, and family season passes are $175.

Families can also swim for a reduced fee during Family Nights, which will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. each Saturday. Admission for the two-hour swim time is $5 per family. Family season pass holders can take part in the events at no cost.

The Cassville YMCA will offer four different Learn-to-Swim Program sessions this summer. 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.

The following swimming class sessions will be offered this year: session one, June 4 through June 14; session two, June 18 through June 28; session three, July 9 through July 19; and session four, July 23 through Aug. 2.

All swim lessons are held at noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Classes last around 45 minutes. YMCA members can take part in swim lessons for $25 per session. The fee for non-members is $50 per session.

Private swim lessons, which cost $90 for six lessons, are offered by appointment. Private lessons give students an opportunity to improve techniques and endurance during one-on-one sessions.

Aquababies, aquasize and guard start classes will also be offered at noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"Aquababies is available for children ages six months to 3 years and their parents," said Haney. "The program is designed to help young children become comfortable in and around water and to give parents information and techniques to help orient their children to the water."

YMCA members can take part in aquababies and aquasize classes at no cost. Non-members can participate for $25 per session.

"Guardstart will be offered for all sessions if the minimum enrollment is met," said Haney.

Guardstart classes are for 11- to 16-year-old students interested in working at the pool in the future. YMCA members can take part in classes for $25, and non-members can participate for $50.

Lap swim hours will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Lap swims cost $1 per visit. Haney recommends swimmers reserve lanes in advance.

The Cassville Aquatic Center can be rented for private events. Rental fees, which cover staffing and the use of the slides, will remain at $100 per hour this year. The pool can be rented in one-hour increments only. Parties can include up to 150 people.

For more information or to register for swim lessons, visit the Cassville Family YMCA or call 846-1535.

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  • Wow, you guys are so lucky to have this facility. I hope that you all appreciate this wonderful Aquatic Center. I was nine years old when we got the first swimming pool in Cassville. It was just a rectangular concrete hole with one low diving board, but we all thought it was heaven! There was one lifeguard, and he was Mr Raby, the school's art teacher! Have a great summer and swim safe!

    -- Posted by Jeanie Hayes on Mon, May 28, 2012, at 3:34 AM
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