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Community pool offers instruction for all ages, levels

June 19, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Pool's summer swim lessons are in full-gear and offer classes geared for all ages and skill levels. Summer swim lessons began on June 8 and will end in late August, but the pool does offer additional classes throughout the year as well as individual lessons.

Summer classes start at the Lehigh Pool-Infant/Toddler Level, which is designed for children 6 months to 3 years of age. The course requires that an adult accompany the child in the water. Instructors teach the parent how to help the child gain higher comfort level in the water.

The main goal is for the child to become comfortable in the water. They are also taught the basic water adjustment and safety skills such as: bubble blowing; floating on the back with support; rolling from front to back; holding onto the wall; climbing in and out of the pool.

According to Jeanette Gainey, she began her daughter Emily's swimming lessons at just 2 years old.

"Being that we live here in Florida, I really wanted her to know how to swim and what to do if she ever fell into a pool alone. The swim instructors are great with the little kids and help them feel comfortable in the water," Gainey said.

Jeanette plans to continue Emily's one-on-one lessons throughout the year, but already sees great progress.

"She is now 4 years old and we are working to get her swimming without floats. We have just taken a few individual classes and she is already putting her head under the water and learning the basic front crawl," Gainey said.

As swimmers advance, there are higher levels that focus on building endurance and the technical aspects of swimming.

According to MariaElena Corradino, who currently has two children enrolled in the summer swim sessions, there is always room for fine-tuning the skills the kids learn the year before.

"My son is now able to swim across the pool by himself. Now the instructor is working with his class on the various strokes and developing strength and stamina in the water," Corradino said.

Swimmers with higher skill levels and an ambition to become a lifeguard can enroll in the pools' Jr. Lifeguard Camp. The class goes over the skills, knowledge and attributes of a professional lifeguard and is designed for ages 10-14. The camp covers water safety, rescues, CPR/First Aid, role of a lifeguard, physical fitness training, stroke development and other aquatic related topics.

The pool also offers an adult beginners class, which provides stroke development and helps older swimmers get more comfortable in the water. The class is geared towards adults who have never had swimming lessons or those who want to feel more confident.

The Lehigh Acres Community pool is an eight-lane pool that is open year round although the days and hours do change during the summer time. Lap lanes are provided for swimmers and Water Exercise and Arthritis Foundation classes are offered throughout the year on weekdays.

Throughout the year, the pool offers Learn to Swim classes for all ages and abilities. Learn to Swim Instructors are certified through the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Program. The pool is also home to Swim Florida which is a competitive youth swim team. For more information about the Swim Florida program call (239) 565-4532 or visit their website at

Admission prices are:

- $3 Adults

- $2 Seniors (55 years and older)

- $2 Children (under 18 years)

Six-month and One-year pool passes are also available for the family or individual.

Senior discount pool passes are available at the pool.

The pool pavilion is available to rent, the cost is $25 for a full day. Contact staff for more information.

Parents interested in swimming lessons can register by calling 239-533-7275, or going online to Lehigh Acres Community Pool is at 1400 W 5th St., Lehigh Acres.

The pool's direct phone is (239) 369-8277.



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