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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Swimming Lessons

*Post updated at 7pm on Monday, May 23*
"I've been coming here every summer of my adult life, and every summer there she is oiling and lotioning, lotioning and oiling... smiling. I can't take this no more!" --Squints
Photo from Andrew's Idea.

I am not a swimmer. My husband is not a swimmer. I almost drown two times as a kid until I finally learned how to doggy-paddle well enough to keep my head afloat. I can swim now, just not very gracefully. Therefore, it seems like Elle may be doomed to water phobia. But, I am determined to make sure Eleanor becomes a good swimmer. I think it is an important life skill and a confidence booster. Last year, I took Elle to the Parent/Child lessons at Roy City Complex. Each lesson consisted of the same routine of blowing bubbles, playing motor boat, kicking in the water and just becoming familiar with the water in general. Children as young as 6 months old can enroll in Parent/Child classes and it's really a good idea to get your child in lessons as soon as possible. The lifeguard told us that the reason why many babies and toddlers drown when they fall in water is because they don’t know what to do and just sink to the bottom of the pool unnoticed. By learning to splash and kick in the water, young children are able to draw attention to themselves if they get into trouble. As your child gets older, they are going to want more freedom at the pool, so it's a good idea to teach them how to swim properly. Arm floaties and life-jackets only provide so much protection.

This year I wanted to find lessons closer to my home, because Roy is just too far for me to drive. I was surprised to find that there are many options in the Ogden area.

The lessons are listed by price point, least expensive to most expensive.

Marshall White Pool
222 28th St. Ogden
$25- Lessons are about 45 minutes, except Parent/Child classes are 30 minutes, and are held on Mondays, Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays for 2 weeks. Classes are held between 8:30am-1pm. The heated pool is a bonus! You can call for more info, but you must go to the pool in-person to register.

Lorin Farr Pool
1691 Gramercy Ave. Ogden
$30- Lessons are 45 minutes long and last for 2 weeks. Lessons are held at 10am, 11am or 6pm depending on the lesson.You can get the registration form here and register online at or in person at Ogden City Recreation Office, 1875 Monroe Blvd. P.S. Can someone please tell me when they got rid of the Rampage? That thing was epic!

Ben Lomond Community Pool
1049 7th St. Ogden
$35- Lessons are 40 minutes long and are held Monday-Thursday for 2 weeks. Children must be at least 4 years old. You can call for more information, but you must register in-person at the pool.

Weber State University
Stromberg/Swenson Gym
3848 Harrison Blvd.
801-626-7184 or 801-626-7967
$40- Lessons are 40 minutes long and are held Monday-Thursday for 2 weeks. Click here to register. Thanks for the info Evan's family!

North Shore Aquatic Center
245 E. 2550 N. North Ogden
801-782-9712 (May 28th - September 5th)
$45 (non-North Ogden resident)/ $30 (North Ogden resident)- Lessons are held for six weeks. You can get more information and register here.

Ogden Athletic Club
1221 E. 5800 S. South Ogden
$45 (non-members)/$36 (members)- All lessons, except level 1 which are 30 minutes, are 40 minute sessions held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for two weeks. Click here for the summer schedule. You must register in-person.

All lessons begin June 6. Many pools began registration 1-2 months ago, so you may want to hurry up and register before the classes fill up. Thanks for reading and Happy Swimming!

Check back tomorrow when I unveil my awesome family pics by LeVeque Photography.

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  1. Don't forget WSU has swim lessons. You can see their summer schedule here:

  2. Oh yeah, they got rid of the Rampage over a year ago. We usually have our Scouting opening activity at Lorin Farr every August. Last August we had to have the social at Classic Waterslides because the Rampage was torn down and the new slides had not been put up yet. I agree, Rampage was classic (and scary).

  3. Haha. It really was scary. I just barely noticed its absence a few days ago. Thanks for letting me know about WSU's swimming lessons. You are awesome!

  4. WSU site says pool is closed for summer. :( I cannot find info on Marshall White summer swim lessons. Do you know if they post a schedule online?

  5. WSU site says pool is closed for summer. :( I cannot find info on Marshall White summer swim lessons. Do you know if they post a schedule online?