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Citys aquatics makes its splash on June 13
City swim lessons offered for kids through adults
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Ceres mom Kayla Potter and son Kaeden Potter, then 8 months old, enjoyed moments in the Ceres High School pool last summer for the citys aquatics program. A whole new series of programs start June 13.

The summer aquatics program offered by the city of Ceres will kick off on Monday, June 13 at the Ceres High School pool.

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 run from Monday, June 13 to Thursday, June 23, and Session II runs Monday, July 5 to Thursday, July 14, while Session III is held Monday, July 25 to Thursday, August 4.

Cost is $42 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 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.

Adult swim lessons are also offered June 13-23, July 5-14 and July 25-Aug. 4.

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 27 to June30, and costs $90; while Session II runs July 18-22 and cost is $100. 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 27 to July 25, 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'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 5 to July 28. Cost is $80 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays, from June 20 to July 20 at the CHS pool. The session package costs $48 or $43.20 for seniors.

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 $1.50 per children and $2 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 Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. June 17 to July 30 (with a free swim day on July 30). Concessions (excluding sodas) will be available.

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 also offers a new of other activities this summer, including day camps at the Community Center, jazz/hop hop dance classes, ceramics with parents, Kidz Love Soccer, yoga for adults, PiYo, children's cooking classes, karate for kids, craft classes, Hoopsters basketball, music, Tots Get Messy, summer ballet, Gym-Fit, Young At Heart strength training for those 60 and older, and flag football.