(from l) Lifeguards Leeza Schroeder

(from l) Lifeguards Leeza Schroeder

The swimming is free at Cache Creek pool

There are all sorts of activities going on at Cache Creek pool this summer, including karaoke, Aquafit, lessons, and more.

Carmen Ranta

Last week was drowning prevention week in B.C., and the lifeguard team at the Cache Creek pool would like to remind caregivers that all children need to be supervised at all times around water, whether they are wearing a lifejacket or not.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children aged 0–five? Red Cross lessons are taught at the Cache Creek and Ashcroft pools, and the excellent instructors at both have many tips for caregivers within the curriculum of Red Cross pre-school lessons, as well as swim skills for infants and pre-schoolers.

Red Cross lessons for pre-school and Swim Kids levels one to 10 are available at the Cache Creek pool; drop in, or call (250) 457-9135 for more information. The cost for eight lessons is $25 for most levels ($30 for the higher levels).

The Cache Creek pool continues with free admission for all public swimming, including the fun, free Twisted Tuesday theme nights each week. A live special “Karaoke Swim” event will take place poolside on August 9, and will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy and try live karaoke singing at the pool; all ages are welcome!

The teen swim every Friday night from 8 to 9 p.m. includes activities and games. Aquafit is offered Monday and Wednesday mornings from 11 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 to 9 p.m., so come and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the pool. The first class is free, and if you bring a new participant then your admission for Aquafit is also free. The classes are available on a drop-in basis for $3 per class.

Lifesaving Society courses leading to lifeguard certification begin in August at the Cache Creek pool. Lifesaving awards including Rookie, Ranger, Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, and Bronze Cross are being offered. Please visit the pool or call for more information (or visit the Lifesaving Society website at http://www.lifesaving.bc.ca/).

A Bronze Lifesaving day camp offering both the Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross award at the same time is scheduled to begin on August 26, and successful participants qualify for high school credits. The cost of this six-day course is $125, and we would like to thank Second Time Around for providing a grant for new teaching equipment for these courses, including an electronic AED trainer.

Adult lessons are running on a custom-scheduled basis. Instructors use the Red Cross adult and teen “learn to swim” program at the Cache Creek pool. For lap swimmers of all ages, there is a free lap swim every weekday from noon to 1 p.m., and the adult swim every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 8 to 9 p.m. is also free. Please visit the Village of Cache Creek website at http://www.village.cachecreek.bc.ca/content/cache-creek-pool for more information and schedules.

See you at the pool!