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It is definitely summer. Just listen for the splash in the pool at Ceres High School filled with residents of all ages enjoying the aquatics program offered by the city of Ceres Parks & Recreation Department.

The city's Open Swim program debuted on Friday and will run 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.

According to pool manager Serena Morales, Friday's high winds kept pool users away. But Monday was hot, a good thing for the first day of opening season swim lessons. Morales said that about 15 to 20 children showed up for Monday morning lessons while 40 showed up in the afternoon.

Session II of swim lessons begins July 6 and ends July 15.

"There's plenty of spots available so encourage people to sign up," said recreation assistant Traci Farris..

Session III lessons runs July 19 to July 30.

Lessons are for those six months of age and up. Cost is $40 per session of eight classes.

According to pool manager Serena Morales, lessons are staged on different levels based on 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 weening students from their parents and making them more independent in the water. Level I gets 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.

Jason Murray brought out his six-year-old son, Kyle, for lessons. He watched Kyle as he took lessons from instructor Montana Bull.

"We have a pool so he'd not afraid of water," commented Murray. "He's got to be taught the strokes and form and all that."

Swimming lessons aren't the only program being offered at the pool. On June 29 the city's Aquatics Camp starts its first session. It runs until July 2 while Session II starts August 2 and ends August 6. The camp is for children aged 5-13 and runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $75 for the first week and $85 for second session and includes a camp T-shirt.

The Junior Lifeguard Camp is for 11- to 15-year-olds and runs 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 6 to July 29. Cost is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt.

The city's Water Polo Camp is for children aged 8 to 16 years of age. This camp runs 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, July 7 to August 2. Cost is $60 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Water aerobics class will be offered to any adult 18 and older on Mondays and Wednesdays, until August 2 between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Cost is $45.

Pre-registration is required for all fee-based programs (with the exception of Open Swim). Register at 2720 Second Street, online at, or call Traci Farris at 538-5682 for more information.