Natatorium offers summer classes, water recreation

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Get ready for the pool!  Registration for summer swim classes at South Plains College begins soon.

The SPC Natatorium will be open this summer for both swim classes and open swim.  SPC Natatorium Director Mike Harrison says anyone can come.

Open swim this summer will be Monday through  Thursday 1:30 – 5 p.m.  Membership rates apply to individuals as well as families.

Swim classes for children ages six and up and adults range from beginning and advanced swimming to springboard diving.   There is an arthritis class which is a stretching, flexibility, and muscle strengthening work-out.  There is also a water aerobics class.   Each class costs $75 to register.  Registration begins May 15 and it’s online

This spring semester a dozen or so SPC students took to the water for beginning and advanced swim classes.  Harrison says students learn all the strokes and how to float.  At the same time, he says advanced students improve their swimming drastically and do lots of laps in class.

“We have some that don’t know how to swim when they get here,” he says.  “And they leave jumping into the deep end and going off the diving board and having a good time.”

The SPC Natatorium is open year- round for lap swimming.  Harrison says swimming, whether it’s laps or in class, is excellent exercise.

“It’s one of the best low impact exercises and best aerobic exercise there is,” he says.

Both beginning and advanced swim classes will be offered again in the fall.  

For more information about the pool or classes, call Mike Harrison at 716-2499 or 716-2228.

Registration for summer classes opens May 15 and individuals are encouraged to register early as there is limited enrollment. Classes are $75. Click here to register for classes. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for 50 minutes and Mike Harrison, director, will be the instructor for all courses. The schedule is as follows and is subject to change depending on the availability of lifeguards:

Beginner Swimming: Students enrolling must be at least six years old (no exceptions). They will be taught swimming on their front, on their back and floating. The dates are as follows:

June 12 – June 22: 10 a.m.
June 12 – June 22: 11 a.m.
July 10 – July 20: 9 a.m.
July 10 – July 20: 11 a.m.
July 24 – August 3: 11 a.m.

Advanced Beginner: Students must have passed beginner swimming. Student will learn elementary back, back crawl stroke, diving and improve their crawl stroke skills. The dates are as follows:

June 12 – June 22: 9 a.m.
July 10 – July 20: 10 a.m.
July 24 – August 3: 10 a.m.

Intermediate: Students must have passed advanced beginner. Students will learn breast stroke and sidestroke. This course prepares students to become a future lifeguard. The dates are as follows:

July 24 – August 3: 9 a.m.

Adult Beginner: Anyone 14 years old and older who wants to learn how to swim. Students will learn the basic skills for survival. The dates are as follows:

Tuesday & Thursdays, July 11 – July 27: 7:15 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Parent/Child Class: For young children, six months old to six years old. Those not yet potty-trained must wear rubber pants or a swim diaper. Adults must accompany each child in the water. There is an emphasis on this class for water adjustment and parent and child interaction. The cost for this class is $40. The dates are as follows:

Monday & Wednesday, June 12 – June 28: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, June 13 – June 29: 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Monday & Wednesday, July 10 – July 26: 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, July 11 – July 27: 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Community Exercise Classes: All classes are $75, except for SPC staff, and those interested can register online.

Early Bird Swim: Non-instructional, for lap swimmers only.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, June 5 – August 9: 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.

Deep/Shallow Water Aerobics: A combination of stretching and aerobic activity in the water. Individualized workout – non-instructional.
Monday, Wednesday & Friday, June 5 – August 9: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Arthritis: A low-impact exercise class for those with arthritis. This is a stretching, flexibility and muscle strengthening workout. Individuals don’t need to have arthritis to participate.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, June 5 – August 9: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Water Aerobics: A water exercise program designed to improve flexibility and strength and increase aerobic capacity. Classes will meet twice per week for one hour.
Tuesday & Thursdays, June 6 – August 10, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Springboard Diving: All the basics will be taught including proper bounce for both front and back dives. Dives taught: front, back, inward, reverse, half twist, and flips depending on ability.
Tuesday & Thursday, June 13 – June 29: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, July 11 – July 27: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Membership Swim Times

Open Swim: Monday through Thursday, June 5 – August 10, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Lap Swim: Monday through Thursday, June 5 – August 10, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday & Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Membership Rates
Individual: $75/Summer & $150/Year
Couple: $100/Summer & $200/Year
Family (Mom, Dad & Two Children): $150/Summer & $300/Year; $25/Summer per additional child & $50/Year.
SPC Staff: Free
SPC Family: $75/Year
Hockley County Senior & Fitness Center Member: Free
Guest Fee (Must be with a member, limit of 2): $5/each

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