The Macon Public Swimming doesn’t usually open until 1 p.m., but last week the pool was full of activity every morning.
City of Macon swimming lessons were held from July 8 - 12 with two sessions beginning at 9 and 10 a.m.
“We had around 130 students ranging from ages 7 months to 13-years-old,” said pool manager Nic Hamilton. “They were divided into eight sections from Water Babies to Level 7.”
Swimming lessons were under the direction of Hamilton and assistant pool manager Anna Kacmar. There were 14 college and high school age life guards who served as instructors.
“The kids are tested all week,” said Hamilton. “If they meet the specific guidelines of one level they can progress to the next one.”
Skills taught were as basic as going under water to learning different strokes and swimming the length of the pool between the jumping stands.
Due to insurance specifications diving is no longer permitted at the pool.
Participants receive a card that tells which level they completed during the week.
“That way they will know where to start next year,” said Hamilton.
The Macon Pool is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1 to 6p.m. The pool is open from 1 to 8 p.m on Sunday and Thursday for Family Swim Nights where the admission price of $3 gets the entire family in to swim.
A special Community Swimming Party is planned for Monday evening, July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free for everyone.
Free hotdogs and drinks will be served. The rain date is July 29.