Sophmore swimming instructor David Vindel, Honduras, teaches youngsters how to tread water at the Lamar University indoor pool July 19, 2017

Sophmore swimming instructor David Vindel, Honduras, teaches youngsters how to tread water at the Lamar University indoor pool July 19, 2017

The Recreational Sports department is offering group and individual swimming lessons to the public throughout the summer for all ages. All lessons are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors and are held at the Lamar indoor pool, located inside the Health & Human Performance Complex.

Group lessons for ages 1-year through adulthood are available at $65 for eight 30 to 45-minute lessons, and individual lessons for ages 5 and up are $65 for four 30-minute lessons.

“It’s important to learn how to swim, especially in this area,” LU aquatics coordinator Megan Schneiter Coots said. “We live around a lot of water, so it’s very important that children learn the basics, as well as advanced swimming.”

Adults can also benefit from learning to swim.

“An advantage that adults get is that it’s good exercise,” Coots said. “It’s a low impact, full body exercise that you can do even if you have bad knees or bad hips.”

Coots went on to say that having an adult swimming with them makes younger children more comfortable in the water.

Lamar University has been providing swim lessons to both the Lamar family and the general public for over 35 years.

“I’ve been here now 11 years, and the program was here many, many years before I arrived,” Coots said. “Here at Lamar, we’ve been giving lessons for almost 40 years. The exact date has been lost to history, unfortunately.”

Lamar aquatics also offers CPR classes and lifeguard courses to those interested.

“We offer CPR classes through the American Heart Association,” Coots said. “We offer the basic level course for people like kinesiology students who need it to go on to their internships. Occasionally, we also offer the Basic Life Support class, a higher-level course, for people such as nursing and EMT students. These courses have national accreditation.”

Lifeguard courses taught at Lamar also have national endorsement.

“The lifeguard class is taught through the American Red Cross,” Coots said. “So, it is another certification that is recognized nationwide.”

Coots went on to say that all classes provided by Lamar aquatics are also open to the public.

“We believe in opening the classes up to the community,” she said. “We may be Lamar students and faculty, but we also have family and friends in the community that we want to be able to take care of.”

For more information, contact the Lamar University aquatics office at 409-880-7586, or visit www.lamar.edu/learntoswim.

 

Story package by UP Staffer Bill Warrington

 

 

 

 

 

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