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Locals trade the street heat for the cool pool

By: Amanda Calzada, Placer Herald Correspondent
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With temperatures reaching the triple digits in Rocklin, more people are looking to pools to cool off. With the city offering summer aquatics activities, there are opportunities for kids and adults to learn pool safety, take lessons and swim for recreation. “They (the programs) are cost effective. The kids have progressed well year after year,” said Cathy Batista, who says her kids have grown up through the city of Rocklin’s swim lessons programs. Learn to swim or dive Swim lessons are offered to children as young as nine months through parent participation classes. Lessons are also available to older children and adults on a public, semi-private, and private level. Lessons cover a wide spectrum of swimming abilities from beginning to advanced, which includes stroke refinement. Along with swimming, there are diving lessons offered to children led by a certified USA Diving Safety instructor. All lessons, like recreational swim, are supervised by Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Recreational swim, commonly known as “Rec” or “Open” swim runs 1-4 p.m. through Aug. 14 daily except Sunday. This year, patrons have access to the three-meter diving board or “high” dive during Rec Swim in addition to a one-meter board. “One of the things I’ve noticed here is that the management is always walking around during swim lessons and Rec Swim. They always try to make sure the child is in the appropriate class and they make it fun for the kids, which is different than other ones (swim lessons),” says Kathy Dias who has taken her children to swim lessons in several nearby cities. Dias says she enjoys the evaluation card instructors provide for the children at the end of the swim lessons session. Fun for adults Rec Swim sometimes offers a fifteen-minute period called “Adult Swim” where the adults have the pool to themselves to swim laps. Aquasize is another program for adults who enjoy a work out similar to dancing and aerobics in the water. “There is basically something for everyone,” says Nicolette Pierantoni, a swim instructor who has been working with the aquatics department for six years. Last year, the city extended the swim lessons through the month of August. The “fall session” will happen again this year. Those interested in registering for the fall program, or have questions and would like to seek further information can visit the city’s website at www.rocklin.ca.us/Rocklin Sports.