Swimming lesson registration open

Swimming lessons will be returning to Prince George one day a week, according to information released by the City of Prince George.

The Prince George Aquatic Centre will begin hosting children's swimming lessons, on a limited basis, on Sundays. Registration for swimming lessons opened on the City of Prince George aquatics website at 1 p.m on Monday.

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There is a total of 40 classes available, with two or three classes per level of swimmer, a city spokesperson said in an email. Each class has a maximum of four to six participants, depending on the class level.

As of Monday afternoon, many of the classes were already full, with waitlists. The first intake of classes start on May 2, and run every Sunday in May and June. Further class intakes are planned for later in the year.

For kids in pre-school classes up to Swim Kids Level 4 classes, a parent will be required to be in the pool to supervise, as instructors are not allowed to be in contact with the students, under public safety rules.

For those programs, all the deep water activities will be conducted in chest-level water, to accommodate parents who aren't comfortable in deeper water.

Participants in all levels of classes will be required to follow the general pool COVID-19 safety rules, including wearing masks in the lobby, change rooms and hallways.

Spectators will not be allowed, and no swimming will be allowed before or after the lessons – including using the hot tub.

Two Sunday morning public swimming blocks will be taken off the schedule to accommodate the swimming lessons, the city spokesperson said. However, an additional daytime swim block will be added during the week.

To register for lessons, go online here: www.princegeorge.ca/Things%20to%20Do/Pages/Recreation%20and%20Activities/ProgramRegistration.aspx.

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