By Heather Collins
The Zionsville Aquatic Center is offering two after-school programs for elementary school swimmers of all abilities. The center opened the swim lessons to all elementary students because of the change in the Zionsville Community Schools schedule this year.
The aquatic center will replace its Swim into Kindergarten program with a new program available for all elementary students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The program offers swim lessons for less advanced students who can’t swim 25 yards continuously. It will focus on water orientation and various strokes.
The aquatic center also will offer a swim team for more advanced swimmers. The lessons will focus on stroke mechanics, technique and endurance.
Students will meet once a week for swim or swim team lessons. The cost is $125 to $150 for a six-week course.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to open the love of swimming to more students through the school and get them prepared for life-long swimming,” said Lisa Brown, aquatics directors for the Zionsville Aquatic Center.
The swim team lessons will culminate in an informal swim meet at the end of the session between the elementary schools.
ZCHS buses will pick students up from their schools at 2:30 p.m. and deliver them to the aquatic center. The lessons will involve 30 minutes of coaching followed by supervised free play. Students will be ready for parent pick-up at 4 p.m.
Registration for the first set of programs ends Sept. 18. Five sessions will be available from September to May.
The Zionsville Aquatics Center is at Door 31 behind ZCHS at 1000 Mulberry St. For information or to register, visit aquatic.zionsvilleeaglerec.com.