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Registration is underway for the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department’s popular indoor swimming lesson program for children, “Learn to Swim,” at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, with classes beginning on January 4, 6 or 7.

Learn to Swim features nine levels of instruction.

  • Parent and Tot (ages six months to three years): Parent must accompany the child into the water.
  • Tadpoles (ages three-five): Basic water and safety skills.
  • Sea Shells (Beginner and ages six and above): Floating, submerging, breath-holding.
  • Sea Horses (Beginner): Crawl stroke, using a kickboard, jumping into the water.
  • Sunfish: Development of crawl stroke, with an emphasis on kicking, breathing and arm stroke technique.
  • Sting Rays (Intermediate Beginner): Improve crawl stroke, backstroke, deep water.
  • Barracudas (Advanced Beginner): Improve crawl stroke and backstroke, diving, safety, swimming 25 yards.
  • Dolphins (Intermediate): Elementary backstroke and breaststroke and underwater swimming.
  • Seals (Intermediate): Sidestroke, starts and turns, distance swimming and backstroke.

Learn to Swim offers twice-a-week classes which meet either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks, starting January 6 or 7, respectively, and once-a-week Saturday classes which meet for 10 weeks, beginning January 4. All classes are at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

Monday/Wednesday classes feature Parent and Tot from 4-4:30 p.m.; Tadpoles from 4-4:30 and 5:20-5:50 p.m.; Seashells from 4-4:30, 4:40-5:10 and 5:20-5:50 p.m.; Seahorses from 4:40-5:10 and 5:20-5:50 p.m.; and Sunfish from 4:40-5:10 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday classes include Seashells from 5-5:30 and 5:40-
6:10 p.m.; Seahorses from 5-5:30 and 5:40-6:10 p.m.; Sunfish from 5-5:30, 5:40-6:10 and 6:20-6:50 p.m.; Stingrays from 5-5:30 and 6:20-6:50 p.m.; Barracudas from 5:40-6:10 p.m.; Dolphins from 6:20-6:50 p.m.; and Seals from 6:20-6:50 p.m.

Saturday classes feature Parent and Tot from 9:45-10:15, 10:30-11 and 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Tadpoles from 9-9:30, 10:30-11 and 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Seashells from 9-9:30, 9:45-10:15 and 11:15-11:45 a.m.; Seahorses from 9-9:30 and 9:45-10:15 a.m.; Sunfish from 9-9:30 and 10:30-11 a.m.; Stingrays from 9:45-10:15 and 11:15-11:45 a.m.; and Barracudas from 10:30-11 a.m.

Register at the service desk of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Cost: $60 for passholders, $65 for residents and $80 for non-residents.
For further information, call 943-2350.

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