Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin announced the return of town aquatics programs in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation. From January 31st at 9 a.m. to February 1st at 10 p.m., participants can register for the following swimming programs: Learn to Swim, Learn to Dive and American Red Cross and Blended Learning Lifeguard Training. Town residents can register for these programs online through hempsteadtownparks.com. Clavin made the announcement along with Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver Jeanine Driscoll.
“The Town of Hempstead has a rich tradition of populated beaches, pools and fun summer activities,” Clavin said. “The best way to be safe and have fun here is to become a better swimmer, and if you or your child wants to do that, we offer a variety of effective programs that will help all participants both in the short and long term.”
The Learn to Swim lessons are multi-tiered programs based on swimmer age and skill. All lessons consist of 8 weekly classes from February 7th to April 10th. Children’s classes are offered to participants from ages 6-14, and class types range from introductory to swimming and skill proficiency. Adult swim classes are for participants age 15 or older, and they will focus on honing swimming strokes and fitness skills. All participants ages 10 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for Learn to Swim lessons.
Learn to Dive lessons provide participants the opportunity to learn how to master the skill of springboard diving. Open to children and adults with the ability to swim in deep water, this 8-week course teaches proper safety and skillful techniques when using a diving board, and is instructed by experienced diving coaches.
Finally, the American Red Cross Blended Learning Lifeguard Training helps to educate and develop Hempstead Town’s lifeguards of tomorrow. Participants will take a pre-skills exam and enter the 8-week class upon passing. The class focuses on proper lifeguarding practices, different life-saving techniques, and other tools of the trade.
Please visit hempsteadtownparks.com for fees and schedules. Registration for these programs begins on January 31st at 9 a.m. through February 1st at 10 p.m. at hempsteadtownparks.com.
“Hempstead Town offers the best training program for any future lifeguards,” Clavin said. “It’s comprehensive, it’s challenging, but our entire aquatics program helps lead young swimmers to that point. Taking advantage of these programs is the best way to become the best swimmer and lifeguard you can be.”