Sum­mer Fun Splashes Down At Escalon Com­mu­nity Pool

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­[email protected]­times.com

Au­gust is al­most here and that means a re­turn to school shortly there­after … so kids are get­ting in their last vis­its to the Escalon Com­mu­nity Pool while they still can.

The pool is open Mon­day through Fri­day for pub­lic swim from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will have its fi­nal day of the sea­son on Fri­day, Aug. 3. On that fi­nal day, the pool hours will be shorter by an hour, run­ning from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pool Su­per­vi­sor Amanda Smith said the swim­ming lessons went well this year and the pub­lic swim has also been very busy, es­pe­cially with a string of days at or near triple dig­its.

“We had over 80 par­tic­i­pants per ses­sion,” Smith said of the three two-week ses­sions of swim­ming lessons. “We were full at the lower level lessons.”

More ad­vanced swim­ming classes didn’t have as many par­tic­i­pants, but the lower lev­els were full of kids learn­ing how to swim and stay safe in the pool, she said.

Pub­lic swim also sees lo­cal day care cen­ters mak­ing rou­tine vis­its, with Coun­try Kids com­ing in on Mon­days and Thurs­days, ECS (Escalon Chil­dren’s Ser­vices) mak­ing their field trips to the pool on Tues­days and Fri­days.

“It’s pretty busy,” Smith agreed.

The cost for pub­lic swim is $2 per per­son; many fam­i­lies opted to get a fam­ily pass at the begin­ning of the sea­son as well.

Escalon Re­cre­ation su­per­vi­sor Brid­get Gaines said there were about 230 swim­mers tak­ing swim­ming lessons this year, up slightly from 2017. The pool will also host its Dis­cover Scuba class on Satur­day, July 28 for those in­ter­ested.

Of­fered in co­op­er­a­tion with Aquatic Dis­count Scuba of Escalon, class is sched­uled from 10 a.m. to noon at the pool; this is an in­tro­duc­tion to scuba div­ing. Cost is $15 and the les­son is open to those ages 10 and up. Bring a towel, swim­suit and sun­screen to class. Reg­is­ter on­line at http://tshq.blue­som­brero.com/city­ofescalon­rec.

Other recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up for lo­cal young­sters are a new karate class, be­ing of­fered for those 5- to 12-years-old on Tues­days and Thurs­days, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Sign-ups are due by Aug. 10 and the classes will start Aug. 14. Gaines said a link to sign up is avail­able on the City of Escalon web­site, on the ‘Re­cre­ation’ page.

The city’s recre­ational youth soc­cer sea­son will also start soon, with open­ing day on Satur­day, Aug. 11.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Young­sters splash around and work on their swim­ming strokes in the shal­low end of the Escalon Com­mu­nity Pool. There are not too many ‘swim’ days re­main­ing, as the pool closes for the sea­son on Aug. 3.

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