The Dearborn Recreation and Parks Department is taking registrations for the 2015 Fall/Winter swim lessons Session 2, as well as for the first session in learning to become a lifeguard.
Those wanting to register for the Learn to Swim and Lifeguard Pool Service programs for the first time must come between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday to the service desk of The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. To be eligible to register, the students must bring their identification (and if they are parents accompanied by their children, then a birth certificate or passport must be furnished for the child).
Session 2 in the swim lessons takes place from next Monday through Dec. 3, while the first session for lifeguard class is Nov. 2-30. The lessons take place in The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center for swimming from 4-5:50 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the leisure pool, and between 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the lap pool; and for lifeguard lessons from 4-7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays (no class on Nov. 26).
In addition to furnishing identification, those interested in registering for lifeguard class must be age 15 and up. To take the class, students must first pass a test of being able to swim continuously (200 yards using the crawl, followed by 100 yards using the breaststroke, and then 200 yards using the crawl or breaststroke), and then retrieve from the pool a 20-lb. Brick and swim 20 yards in carrying it back to the edge of the pool.
The swim classes (limited to six participants per instructor) for parents and tots (ages 6 months to 3 years old) will be 4-4:30 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays; and 4-4:30 p.m. and 5:20-5:50 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays for Tadpoles (3-5 years old). The parents and tots will be taught basic water skills, holding the child, water acclimation and safety skills; while Tadpoles will be taught on their own basic water skills, water acclimation, and safety skills and rules.
The Seashells (beginners age 6 and up) will be taught basic water skills, floating, submerging, breath holding, and safety skills and rules. Their classes are 4-4:3 p.m., 4:40-5:10 p.m. and 5:20-5:50 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, and 5-5:30 p.m. and 5:40-6:10 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.
The Seahorses (beginners) will be taught the front crawl stroke (freestyle), how to use a kick-board, jumping in, and safety skills and rules. Their classes are 4:40-5:10 p.m. and 5:20-5:50 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays and 5-5:30 p.m. and 5:40-6:10 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.
The Sunfish will improve on their front crawl stroke/freestyle by emphasizing kicking, breathing and arm stroke techniques. They will also master safety skills, recovery from falling in deep water, and water-safety tips. Their classes will be 4:40-5:10 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, and 5-5:30 p.m., 5:40-6:10 p.m. and 6:20-6:50 p.m. Tuesdays/Thursdays.
Other Tuesdays/Thursdays classes will be from Stingrays (5-5:30 p.m. and 6:20-6:50 p.m.), Barracudas (5:40-6:10 p.m.), Dolphins and Seals (6:20-6:50 p.m.), and adults (7-7:30 p.m.). Stingrays (intermediate beginner) review and improve on front crawl, learn backstroke, and are introduced to deeper water and safety skills and rules. Barracudas (advanced beginner) will review backstroke and front crawl skills, with a large emphasis on safety and how to dive (they should be able to swim 25 yards of front crawl by the end of class).
Dolphins (intermediate) review strokes, learn elementary backstroke, breaststroke and underwater swimming. Seals (intermediate) learn sidestroke, starts and turns, distance swimming, and backstroke. Adult 1 (age 16 and up) take a class designed for those with mild to severe fear of water (focusing on water acclimation, body movements and beginning of stroke technique; with safety skills and rules included).
The cost for taking the classes is $65 for the swim lessons and $100 for lifeguard class. Students who are not residents of Dearborn will be charge $80 for the swim lessons and $130 for the lifeguard class. Pass-holders will pay only $60 for swim lessons.
Students who complete the lifeguard course will earn an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certificate and an American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certificate. Future sessions in 2016 will be from Jan. 9-Feb. 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, from Feb. 17-March 14 from 4-7 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays, and April 4-27 from 4-7 p.m. Mondays/Wednesdays. Swim lesson classes will also continue to be held at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center for fall, winter and spring sessions.
The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center is located on the eastern edge of the city’s municipal complex (including the Dearborn Police Headquarters and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, an athletic field and the Dearborn Administrative Center). It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue (U.S-12), generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of Exit 6 off the Southfield Freeway (M-39).
For more information on Dearborn’s indoor aquatics programs, call (313) 943-2350 or go to www.dearbornfordcenter.com.