Published on April 08, 2019

“Make a Splash” Healthpark Aquatics News & Water Safety Tips

Ready your kids for summer pool time with swim lessons

Don’t wait until the summer months to get your children enrolled in swim lessons. Beat the crowd and sign up NOW! Private swim lessons are available with our Healthpark swim instructors. Beginning in April, we will launch our Swim Lesson University! Watch for more details on this exciting instruction. Adult lessons are also available.

Contact Katie Duncan, Aquatics Supervisor, at 270-688-4772 for details on swim lessons.

Lifeguard classes

Get your lifeguard certification now at the Healthpark! American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification classes will be offered in April and May. Class candidates must be at least 15 years of age. The certification price is $100 for Healthpark members and $125 for non-members. Contact Katie Duncan, Aquatics Supervisor, at 270-688-4772 for details on lifeguard classes.

Summer swim league on the starting blocks again

Heatwaves are coming (and we’re not just talking about the temperature)! The Healthpark Heatwaves is a competitive summer league swim team that focuses on fun and learning. Practices begin on May 29, and end July 10, with the Audubon League Summer Swim Championship meet. Cost is $75 for Healthpark members and $90 for non-members. The league offers enrollment for ages 4-18. Sign up at the Membership Front Desk or contact Aquatics Supervisor Katie Duncan at 270-688-4772 for additional details.

Water safety tips

Katie DuncanBy: Katie Duncan, Aquatics Supervisor

Being in the aquatics world my entire life, I have always taken water safety very seriously. Whether you are relaxing in a lazy river, swimming in your backyard or tackling the rapids while whitewater rafting, safety should always be your number one priority. With summertime quickly approaching, it is more important than ever to review basic water safety with your children. So here are some good summer safety tips:

  1. There should always be a responsible adult watching over all swimming activities.
  2. Ensure that your pool is completely enclosed by a fence and that your gate is always latched.
  3. NOBODY should ever swim alone.
  4. If your child cannot swim, make sure they are wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. If you’re on a boat, everyone should be wearing a life jacket at all times.
  5. Always stay within arms’ length of children in the pool, and always be attentive to what they’re doing.
  6. There is so much safety equipment for any aquatics area. Always have equipment near the pool and know how to use it.
  7. There should always be a safety orientation for everyone who swims in your pool.
  8. Ensure everyone is wearing sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
  9. Consider enrolling your child in swim lessons BEFORE the start of summer. Of course, swim lessons are not drown-proofing, but your child will learn how to remain calm and rescue themselves.

Most important of all, always have fun! Swimming is a great form of exercise and allows for everyone to get together and have a good time!

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