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City offers swim lessons for youth

It’s that time of year, when summer heat sets in, children are out of school and parent are looking for something for those children to do.

One option this summer is swim lessons at Russellville Swimming Pool.

Two sessions for swimming lessons remain this summer: June 20-30 and July 11-21. Classes are open to children ages 5-14 and take place Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., lasting about 45 minutes per class. Class capacity is 10 children.

Lifeguard Katelynn Gordon said the class welcomes non-swimmers as well as those who just want to improve their skills.

“They do things that strengthen their stamina and the muscles they use in the pool,” Gordon said. Children will also learn to float and forward crawl.

Being able to swim, Gordon pointed out, is “an important life skill to have.”

“If they were to ever fall in a body of water or anything, they could save themselves from a catastrophic event,” she said.

Russellville’s eight lifeguards rotate teaching lessons. Gordon said the June session is nearly full, so parents wishing to enroll their children should call right away. The July session still has several slots available.

Cost is $30 for one child, $40 for two children and $60 for three children.

Children should wear their swimsuit and bring a towel and sunscreen. Gordon also recommended bringing “a good attitude and a teachable spirit.”

For more information, call 256-332-8790.