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City kicks off summer aquatics program on June 17
The city of Ceres is opening up the summer series of swimming lessons and programs similar to the one that drew Ceres mother Erika Pinilla and her daughter Valeria Nava. - photo by Jeff Benziger

June 17 will be the kick-off for the summer aquatics program offered by the city of Ceres.

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 will run from Monday, June 17 to Thursday, June 27, and Session II runs Tuesday, July 9 to Thursday, July 18, while Session III is held Monday, July 29 to Thursday, August 8.

Cost is $40 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 starts out with a five-minute safety lesson and 40 minutes of water instruction, except for the toddler class which is only 30 minutes long.

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

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's Open Swim program allows the public to cool off in the pool on specific Fridays and Saturdays through the summer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $2 per children and $2.50 per adult. 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 June 21, 22, 28 and 29, July 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 and August 2, 3 and 9.

In addition, Family Night Swim is open to swimmers of all ages on specific evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. where all participants pay the child's price of $2. The dates for Family Night Swim are Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

The city's water aerobics has and remains to be popular with the over 18 crowd and is perfect for those in their twilight years or who suffer from arthritis. The program stretches and tones muscles using water resistance to work the body harder but avoiding aches and pains due to the low impact nature of the aerobic activity. Sessions are held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 25 to July 23 at the CHS pool. Cost is $35 per participant.

Pre-registration is required. Register online at, in person at 2701 Fourth Street, or by calling Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.
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, July 1 to July 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is $65 per person.

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 years and older and Level I graduates. Children will explore through swim lessons, games, music, relays, and crafts. Children must provide their own sack lunch (snacks will be provided).

Session I runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 1-5, (no class on July 4) and costs $75; while Session II runs July 22-26, (no class on July 20) and cost is $85. Both enrollment fees include a camp T-shirt.

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 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 2 to July 30. Cost is $65 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