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Aquatics program starts
CHS pool
The staff employed to operate the city’s aquatics program this summer are: (in front), Arianna Mata, Clarissa Smith, Leticia Sandoval and Brayden Farris; (in back), Audriana Resendez, Kendall Myer, Cameron Tucker (Pool Manager), Camryn Elness. Middle Row; Alexas Clements, Chloe Kline, pool manager Julia Prata, Leilani Ortiz, Emily Campidonica and Chris Lee. - photo by Contributed

The summer aquatics program offered by the city of Ceres kicked off on Tuesday at the Ceres High School pool.

The city’s Open Swim program allows the public to cool off in the pool on specific Fridays and Saturdays through the summer from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $2 per children and $2.50 per adult and $1 for non-swimmers. Children 12 and younger must be supervised by an adult. All participants must wear swimming suits only in the pool. Flotation devices are not allowed, however Coast Guard approved life jackets are. The pool will be available for open swims on most Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. The open swim sessions start this Saturday, June 16 and run until August 4. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

A team of Red Cross certified staff members will be offering classes at the Ceres High School pool to teach youngsters six months and up how to swim.

Session I swim lessons are full and run from Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 22, while Session II starts Monday, July 2, while Session III starts Monday, July 23. Cost is $43 per session and includes eight classes. Preregistration is required.

Lessons are for those six months of age and up. Lessons are staged on different levels based on swimming ability. There is an infant and toddlers’ class, pre-school class as well as Level I through Level V classes. Each class includes 30 minutes of water instruction.

The pre-school and toddler class is basically about weaning children from their parents and making them more independent in the water. The goal of Level I is have children to float on their back without fear. Level II focuses on freestyle swimming across the pool. Levels 3-5 practice swimming skill, become better divers and learn breast- and back-strokes.

Adult swim lessons are also offered in the evenings beginning July 2 and July 23.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.

The city is also offering an aquatics camp for children aged five to 12 years and older and Level I graduates. Children will explore through swim lessons, games, music, relays, and crafts. Session I runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 to June 29, and costs $105; while Session II runs July 17-20 and cost is $95. Both enrollment fees include a camp T-shirt.

Water polo camp will serve as an introduction to the sport of water polo for those aged 8 to 16. Participants will learn a variety of skills, including: passing and shooting drills, dribbling, treading water, field and body positioning, and introduction to game play. T-shirt and certificate included in price of camp. Sessions will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, June 25 to July 25, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling Cambria Pollinger at 538-5782 for more information.

The city’s Junior Lifeguard Camp is designed for kids aged 11 to 15 years of age, and allows all participants to acquire hands-on experience in all areas of lifeguard skills. The camp is offered 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 3 to July 26. Cost is $85 and includes T-shirt and certificate.

Pre-registration is required for all the aquatics programs (except for open swim) at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street or online at

A Water Aerobics program is being offered for those aged 16 and older and ideal for senior citizens who deal with arthritis. This program stretches and tones muscles using water resistance. Exercising in the water helps your body work harder but allows most aches and pains to be avoided due to the low impact nature of the aerobic activity. Sessions are offered 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from June 18 to July 23 at the CHS pool. The session package costs $50 or $45 for seniors.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling Cambria Pollinger at 538-5782 for more information.

The city also offers other activities this summer, including day camps at the Community Center, youth ballet and hip hop dance classes, children’s cooking classes, art classes.

Skyhawks is running a Basketball sports camp (June 25-29) at Central Valley High School. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and is for children aged 7 to 12. Cost is $109 which includes a basketball and T-shirt.

A tennis sports camp starts this Wednesday at Roeding Heights Park and is for children aged 6 to 13. Classes meet one hour per week through September and costs $35 for one month.

Skyhawks is also offering a Volleyball sports camp for those aged 9 to 14. The class will take place at Central Valley High School July 16-20. Cost is $109 and includes a volleyball, T-shirt and player evaluation.

Also offered by the city are:

• Yoga, cardio bar, kick boxing and Piyo classes for adults;

• Zumba and heart strengthening classes for seniors;

• A men’s competitive adult softball league (the city is open to a co-ed league if there is interest);

• An open studio, and Preschool Picasso enrichment classes for pre-schoolers;

• Nerf gun tournaments set for Tuesday, June 19 at 4:30 p.m. and July 31 at 4:30 p.m.

• Kidz Love Soccer skills-based class which meets once a week.