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Swim sessions open to help beat the heat
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Swimming lessons at the Riverbank Community Pool started at the beginning of the month, just as things were heating up in the Central Valley. Here, a youngster gets some individual instruction during a late afternoon class. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department has already begun offering swim lessons to residents, just in time to cope with the 100-plus degree temperatures we’ve been having lately.

The Riverbank Community Pool is located at the corner of Seventh and Stanislaus streets. It officially opened for recreational swimming on June 1. Hours are Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recreational Swim Drop-in daily fee is $3, Individual Swim Pass is $30 for the season, and Family of Four is $85, with $10 for each family member added.

The swimming lessons are offered in two-week sessions, each day Monday through Thursday. Sessions began on June 3, with the next session scheduled from June 17 through 27. Third session runs July 8 to 18, followed by a session July 22 to Aug. 1, and closing out the summer from Aug. 5 through 15.

Instructors test on the first day of class to confirm each child’s level. They note that registration is required and early registration is highly recommended as classes fill up. A refund is available if cancellation is at least three days prior to the start of the class.

Sessions are organized by age and experience.

PARENT/BABY

This course is designed for the six- to 36-month-old. One or both parents learn to assist their child in water adjustment with the guidance of an instructor. Swim diapers are required and the child’s parent must be in the water. Classes are offered at noon and 5:30 p.m.

TINY TOT

This course is designed for children, ages three to five, who are ready to swim. It’s an introductory course to help your child feel more comfortable in the water and introduce them to basic water safety. Parents remain out of the water. Class size per instructor: four students. Multiple class times are available: 11:15 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

BEGINNER

Beginner classes are designed to progress from the basics to the advanced levels. Students are placed in levels based on instructor evaluation. Class size is six students with one instructor. Classes are offered at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., Noon, 4 p.m., 4:50 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

ADVANCED

These courses are for advanced swimmers to build confidence and stroke refinement. Swimming distances is required for building endurance. Class size is eight students with two instructors. Class is at 6:15 p.m.

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The city’s Parks and Recreation Department opened the Community Swimming Pool just in time to start beating the heat, on the first of June. On a recent 101-degree day, these tykes were enjoying learning to swim at the west side of the pool, the shallowest end. Ric McGinnis/The News