Registration for summer swimming lessons opened Tuesday morning, and according to Dean Janzen, city recreation service coordinator, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t seem to have affected interest.
“We’re seeing just under 90 per cent enrollment, which is pretty much normal when we offer swimming lesson registration on the first day,” Janzen told 680 CJOB.
“We’re really excited with these turnovers, because we never knew how well it would go when we moved to outdoor pools.”
Moving the lessons outdoors is just one of the changes the city has made this year, in an attempt to keep staff and participants safe during the pandemic.
“We’re starting our lessons outdoors. We have limited capacities for our lessons, which have been reduced due to COVID-19 rules. We’re hoping it’ll be relaxed as more and more of us get vaccinated,” said Janzen.
“I think as we get into the summer and people start getting more adapted to the new rules and as the rules ease up, I think demand for our lessons is going to climb.”
Janzen said the city is also moving its leadership courses outdoors this year, giving instruction to would-be swim instructors, lifeguards and play leaders.
“If you have children who are looking for something to do at 16 years of age, get them into our leadership courses — we can get them a job.”
More information about summer leisure programming is available on the city’s website.
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