The Marco Y wants you to come splash in their pool. The cost is nominal, and members as well as non-members are welcome.
Sports and aquatics director Gustavo Sita is conducting the twice-weekly sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) with staggered age groups running on the half-hour from 3:30 to 5 PM. “We’re not teaching them to be great swimmers,” Sita said during one of the early sessions this week. “We’re teaching them not to drown.”
The program, called “First Splash,” is made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous local couple wanting people of all ages to learn the basics of swimming.
The first participant was three-year-old Tais Carrasco, who was at first a little nervous about entrusting himself in the water to Sita. Ten minutes into the session, Tais was thoroughly enjoying himself, learning to dunk his face and breathe bubbles, and also kick his legs in the water.
In the first adult session, Suzanne Luffler and Linda Boan had different reasons for attending. “My kids were on the swim team, and I can doggy paddle and float. But I never really learned to swim,” Luffler said.
Boan said she swam a bit as a kid, but lost her confidence. “I love water and being in it and around it,” she said. “I’m not comfortable getting my face in the water, and the breathing thing.”
Children age 4 and above are welcome in the First Splash program. If younger toddlers’ parents want to get in early, Sita suggests half-hour, one-on-one private lessons ($30 for members, $55 for non-members).
Depending on the response, classes could be extended to Wednesdays and Fridays. The class size limit is six for youngsters ages 4 to 9, but can be bigger for adults, Sita said.
For information on Y programs and activities, call 394-3144 or visit www.greater