Fort Hays State University's Department of Health and Human Performance and Campus Intramural and Recreational Sports will offer swimming lessons to children six months and older this summer for $35. The lessons will be in Cunningham Hall on the FHSU campus.
Four sessions will be offered: June 3 to June 13; June 17 to June 27; July 1 to July 12; and July 15 to July 25. All sessions will run Monday through Thursday. No classes will be taught on Thursday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day. Applications will be taken until the classes are filled. Each class will accept 12 participants.
The parent-and-child class is for children 6 months to 3 years old and is designed to give parents information and techniques to help orient their children to the water. The preschool aquatics class is for ages 4 to 5 and introduces students to basic skills that lay the foundation for future skills.
The other classes are broken into levels. Level 1, introduction to water skills, teaches students to feel comfortable in the water and how to enjoy the water safely. Level 2, fundamental aquatic skills, teaches students fundamental skills that will help them succeed in the water. Level 3, stroke development, builds on the skills shown in Level 2 by providing guided practice. Level 4, stroke improvement, works to build students' confidence in their ability to perform certain strokes and other aquatic skills. Level 5, stroke refinement, hones students' skills at different strokes and helps to increase their distance. Level 6, swimming and skill proficiency, prepares students for more advanced courses, such as the water safety instructor course.
On each day of each session, a parent-and-child class and a Level 1 class will begin at 8:30 a.m., a preschool aquatics class will be at 9:30 a.m., a Level 2 class at 10:30 a.m., a Level 3 class at 11:30 a.m., a Level 5 and a Level 6 class at 12:30 p.m., and a Level 4 class at 1:30 p.m. The Level 6 class will not be available during the June 3 through June 13 session.
Each class will have a water safety instructor available as well as lifeguard assistants. Classes will last 30 to 45 minutes. The parent-child and preschool aquatics classes will last 30 to 35 minutes. On the first day of class, the water safety instructor may encourage the child to move up or down a level depending on the child's ability.
For more information, contact the FHSU Campus Intramurals and Recreational Sports Department at 785-628-4373 or stop by the office at Cunningham Hall, room 111. For private lesson information, contact Brittany Sheehan at 785-628-4373.