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Drayson Center aquatics programs experience busiest summer on record

Drayson Center�s aquatics program experienced record participation during the summer 2006 program
Drayson Center’s aquatics program experienced record participation during the summer 2006 program. A full array of aquatics classes will now be available year-round.
With more than 1,500 individuals taking part in at least one instructional program, the Loma Linda Universty Drayson Center aquatics program has just completed the busiest summer on record.

The aquatics program will become year-round beginning this fall.

“It is my understanding that this was indeed the busiest summer seen at the Drayson pool,” says Jenny Bell, aquatics manager. “Lap swimming and our ‘Swim for Fitness’ workshops were so popular that there wasn’t a time during the day where one could depend on an open lane.”

To meet increased demand, the pool began opening at 5:30 a.m. to ensure that early risers could not only find a lane, but have adequate time to exercise.

“For our younger folk and those wishing to improve their current swimming knowledge,” Ms. Bell continues, “we offered a wide variety of swimming classes and programs.” These included “Baby and Me,” preschool lessons, the “Learn to Swim” program, private and semi-private lessons, canoe and snorkeling, synchronized swimming, junior lifeguard, water polo fundamentals, and adult swimming lessons.

Ms. Bell is particularly pleased with the success of the junior lifeguard program.

“The junior guards earned a variety of certifications,” she describes, “including lifeguard readiness, waterpark and waterfront readiness, basic water rescue, preventing disease transmission, CPR for the professional rescuer, first aid, oxygen administration, automated external defibrillator (AED), and water safety instructor aide.”

Junior lifeguards were given the opportunity to “shadow” a regular lifeguard, serve as “pool deck observers,” and assist in the “Learn to Swim” program.

“We had 30 kids, ranging in age from 13 to 16, volunteer,” Ms. Bell explains. “Upon turning 15, two junior guards were recently hired at Drayson Center as our newest lifeguards.”

Ms. Bell is pleased to announce expansion of the aquatics program to a year-round schedule.

“Don’t wait until next summer,” she advises. “Come and join us for a swim or conquer your own fears of the water by taking part in one of our many fall programs.”

For more information, visit <draysoncenter.llu.edu> or stop by Drayson Center.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, October 5, 2006