Swimming lessons for Mansfield children

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield School and the Mansfield Lions Club provided free swimming lessons for local children Aug. 6-10 at the Waterville Pool. Lola Lester learns how to relax and float. Her mother Luanne Lester and instructors Jadyn Weber and Sarah Mullen assist. (Provided photo/Thera Lynne Moore)

Mansfield School and the Mansfield Lions Club teamed up to offer free swimming lessons Aug. 6-10 for the local children. The lessons were held at the Waterville Pool.

The “swim bus” left the school at 8:45 a.m. with parents and guardians accompanying the younger children.

Melina Schull was one of the chaperones. “I think swimming lessons are so important. I lost a brother to water, and I cannot stress enough the importance of water safety,” she said.

The lessons were for all skill levels — beginners to advanced. Beginners practiced bobs, blowing bubbles, flutter kicks, floating and holding their breath underwater. More advanced swimmers focused on various swimming strokes and diving.

“Basically we are refining our swimming,” Tiera Miller, one of the swimmers, said.

“It’s been a fun experience for all of us,” said parent Thera Lynne Moore, “especially because this is a group experience and they get to learn how to swim with their classmates from school.”

The children provided their own towels and sack lunches throughout the week.

The bus returned to Mansfield at 1:30 p.m.

“Speaking for all us, swim lessons are very important for kids to participate in, not only because it helps kids to swim better but it’s also teaching them water safety,” lifeguard Sarah Mullen said. “Our favorite thing about doing this is the smile on their faces when they learn something new. We love seeing the kids from lessons show up at the pool for day swim and their excitement as they show their parents what they have learned.”