With summer temperatures breaking the 100 degree mark, nearly 200 adults and children are taking daily advantage of the Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School, 50200 School Road (427).
The Yosemite Unified School District oversees the open swimming, and contracts with Swim America to provide swimming lessons.
Hours of operation are 11 a.m - 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Mariana Moberly is the lead aquatics facilitator for the school district. A 2012 YHS graduate, Moberly oversees the open swim sessions at the pool, including a dozen lifeguards including Nicole Tapia, Landon and Miller Jensen, and Fletcher Haggard.
Moberly, a junior at Fresno Pacific College majoring in business administration and marketing, said the YHS pool is a great place to beat the summer heat.
"The public swim sessions are priced reasonably so whole families can spend time together and enjoy the pool."
A water aerobics class is held 9-10 a.m., Monday through Friday, under the direction of Peggy Decker.
Jacob Combs, 10, of San Juan Capistrano, is spending time in Oakhurst this summer with his grandparents, Joe and Patti Fuentes, and enjoys his time at the pool.
"I can dive and touch the bottom of the pool at the deep end," Combs proudly said. "This summer, I'm learning the backstroke and butterfly. I love hanging out with Coach Eleanor (Cummings)."
Sage Stauffer, 4 1/2, is also taking swim lessons and during open swim, likes to jump in the pool doing his favorite 'cannon balls.'
The son of Max and Courtney Stauffer, Sage, like a lot of the children, is quickly becoming a good swimmer.
"Last summer Sage went from not wanting to put his face in the water, to jumping in the deep end of the pool by himself, all in four weeks," Courtney said. "The swim instructors are really patient and encouraging and they make learning fun for all the children."
Mari Howell, 3, took her first swim lessons at YHS at the age of one. Her mother Molly said the swim lessons are making Mari water safe and helping build her confidence, while providing lots of fun for her daughter.
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 9-10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The daily rate for one-hour sessions is $4, the weekly rate is $10, and a monthly rate is available for $30.
Lap swimming is available during the regular open swim hours and costs $4 a day, $10 weekly, and $35 for a month.
Under the direction of Swim America, swim lessons are available for pre-school children (starting at age three) and adults. The cost for a two-week session is $109, plus a once-per-year registration fee of $35. The 30-minute sessions are held between 3 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and classes are divided by age and swimming ability.
Future sessions will be held July 21-Aug. 1, and Aug. 4-15.
Swimmers can register online at swimandtumble.com or by phone, (559) 324-SWIM (7946).
The pool is available for parties during normal business hours. The party package costs $140 for up to 20 guests, and $7.50 for each additional guest. The fee includes three hours in the pool, three hour use of party area, cupcakes, juice box drinks, and a personal party host. Pizza or hot dogs and chips can be arranged at discounted prices. Renters must bring decorations, plates, and utensils.
Pool parties can be scheduled for noon to 3 p.m., or 3-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Details: (559) 683-4667, ext. 356