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Record number of swimmers join summer swim classes
Traci Farris stood on the deck of the Ceres High School Monday with a swim suit and holding onto a floatation device. Normally behind a desk at the Recreation Department, the city employee was ready to fill in for a lifeguard who was absent for the day.

She was also very happy to see a record turn-out ever for swimming lessons offered by the city of Ceres. A total of 215 signed up for Session II classes which began on Monday.

"This is the most in seven years that I've been with the aquatics program," said Farris. "I am not sure why because our prices are comparable to what other cities are charging."

Current swim lessons run until July 12, while Session III is offered Monday, July 23 to Thursday, August 2.

Cost is $40 per session and includes eight classes.

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

Lessons are for those six months of age and up. 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 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. The pool will be available for open swims on July 7, 13, 14 and 28, and Aug. 3, 4.

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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Session II of water aerobics is offered Tuesday, July 10 to Thursday, August 2. Cost is $35 per participant.

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 II runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 19 (no class on July 20). Cost of enrollment is for $75 and includes a camp T-shirt.

The city's Junior Lifeguard Camp for kids aged 11 to 15 years of age began Tuesday and runs until July 26. The program, which teaches participants to acquire hands-on experience in all areas of lifeguard skills, is closed.

For all the programs, pre-registration is required for all the aquatics programs (except for open swim) at the Ceres Community Center, 2701 Fourth Street or online at Call 538-5682 for additional information.