County Parks and Recreation Department Kicks Off Spring Swim Lesson Registration; Offers $1 Spring B

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March 31, 2015
Traverse City – Spring break will be a busy time for the County’s community pool. Registration for Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation’s spring session of American Red Cross lessons opened today, and one dollar family open swims are scheduled throughout spring break.
“In anticipation of summer, the spring session of swim lessons is quite popular,” said Kristine Erickson, Director of Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Department. “Parents might not be aware of this service, but they can drop by to register for lessons, and, if there is any question about a child’s ability, our staff can first test and assess his or her swim level.” Registration remains open through spring break and beyond, until lessons begin April 18 and 19.
Spring break dollar open swims will give “staycationers” a chance to use the pool at the Civic Center and learn about all of the water safety training services Parks and Recreation offers to the community.
According to Erickson, it has been a departmental mission to provide water safety training to the entire community. “In a county with 137 miles of surrounding and inland waters, we feel obligated to provide all ages with as many water safety educational opportunities as we can.”
County Parks and Recreation offers American Red Cross private and public swim lessons, Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor certification programs, and classroom and hands-on learning, such as that provided each year to all TCAPS freshmen. The department’s community water safety education programs are supported by a team of partners, including the County Sheriff’s Department, the County Health Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the American Red Cross, which offers full scholarships for lessons and certifications. Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor certifications often lead to part-time employment opportunities as Parks and Recreation Department Aquatic Leaders.
Dollar family open swims are scheduled throughout the ten-day school break, which began Friday, March 27. Free swim testing also will be offered during the break, any time the pool is open, on a drop-in or a scheduled basis.
For more information about the one-dollar family swims, water safety education, swim testing, and scholarship opportunities, visit www.grandtraverse.org/parks, or call the Easling Pool Business Office at 231-922-4814.
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Contact: Kristine Erickson, Director, Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation; 231-922-4818 (phone); kerickson@grandtraverse.org (e-mail).