Yosemite High pool provides heat relief

editor@sierrastar.comJuly 2, 2013 

With temperatures breaking the 100 degree mark in the Mountain Area last week, many children and adults sought relief at the Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School.

Pool use dramatically increased last week with the rising temperatures.

"We had about 20 children and adults during the public swim times a week ago, and today with the hot weather we have more than 100," said lifeguard Fletcher Haggrd.

The pool is open for public recreational swimming noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The complex is closed Sunday.

Lori Klatt, summer aquatic manager for SwimAmerica in Fresno, the company that contracts with the school district to run the swim program, said the program has certified instructors and lifeguards.

"The pool at Yosemite High School is one of the most beautiful in the Central Valley and provides active fun for the whole family and it's a good way to beat the heat," Klatt said. "There's no better place to spend the day."

Admission for public swimming is $4 per person ages one and up before 5 p.m., $3 after 5 p.m. and $3.50 for seniors.

Water aerobics is offered Monday through Friday, 9-10 a.m.

"We are getting 20 to 30 participants each day and anyone can come try it out with a day rate of $4," Klatt said.

In addition to the day rate, the aerobic class is $10 a week or $30 a month.

Richard Rhodes, Oakhurst SwimAmerica manager, said it is great to see so many families supporting the summer swim program.

"These programs would not be available if was not for the support of the community," Rhodes said.

Swim lessons

Half hour swim lessons for three-year-olds through adults are held between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ten lessons are provided during a two-week session for $109. The next sessions will be held July 8-19, July 22-Aug. 2, and Aug. 5-16.

There is a once-per-year registration fee of $35 for each family for lessons.

Laura Silverman and Mariana Moberly, both 2012 Yosemite High School graduates, are teaching swimming at the pool to about 35 children and adults. Silverman is studying child development at Willow International in Fresno and Moberly is attending Fresno Pacific University, majoring in business with plans to become a CPA.

All SwimAmerica instructors are trained and certified by SwimAmerica, a national program of the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Silverman said their goal is to teach children to swim quickly and proficiently.

"It's a great summer job and I love it," Silverman said. "I like being with the children and watching them progress with their skills and succeeding with their goals from day to day. It's something new every day and the children always brighten my day."

Silverman said all the swimmers are taught the swimming basics such as safety skills, floating, kicking and air exchange.

"School age children should have swim lessons that teach them a good freestyle stroke so they build confidence in the water and maybe even save their life," Silverman said.

Nick and Pam Vanlandingham, of Oakhurst, enrolled their two daughters, Kate, 4, and Holly, 3, in the classes for the second summer.

"Water safety is real important to us because we spend a lot time at Bass Lake and the Merced River in the El Portal area," Nick said. "The instructors are really good and the girls are learning fast and having fun."

Pool parties

The swim complex is also available for parties during normal business hours. The party costs $140, and includes three hours in the pool, three hour use of party area, 20 guests (additional guests are $7.50 each), cake or cupcakes, juice box drinks, and a personal party host. Renters must bring decorations, plates, forks and candles. Pizza or hot dogs / chips can be arranged at discount rates. Times available are Noon-3 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Details: Swim America at (559) 324-7946.

Details: Swimmers can register online at swimamericafresno.com or by phone, (559) 324-SWIM (7946).

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