Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, organizations and individuals and major funding from Imperial Irrigation District, youngsters in Holtville can learn to swim for just $10 this summer.

In addition to IID’s contribution to the Holtville Parks & Recreation Department, the following are helping fund the low-cost lessons: The Holt Group, Inc.; Ernie Strahm & Sons, Inc.; Jim & Beth Strain; Ormat; Performance Mechanical; Anderholt & Storey, APLC; The Quellen Company; Swiss Club of Imperial Valley; and Theresa Sturges.

The reduced rate is part of the annual IID Dippy Duck Water Safety Campaign, with this year’s theme “Make a Splash—Swim a Lap!” The emphasis of the in-school presentations, which wrapped up earlier this month, and ongoing campaign elements, has been the importance of learning to swim and swimming only in safe places—not the valley’s extensive canal system.

The Gene Layton Memorial Swimming Pool (located next to Ralph Samaha Park, near the corner of Holt and Seventh St.), opened for the season on June 18. Parents can sign up children for one of four sessions: June 28–July 8; July 12–22; July 26–Aug. 5; and Aug. 9 –19. Each two-week session runs Tuesday through Friday mornings for a half hour, with different times for beginning, intermediate and advanced swimmers. Space is extremely limited and advance registration is required; registration forms may be picked up at City Hall, the Recreation Hut, Fire Department and Library or downloaded from the City’s website (www.holtville.ca.gov/ and click on “Parks & Recreation” under the main menu).

The Holtville pool is open to the public for general swimming Tuesdays–Fridays 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and weekends on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays.

Swimming lessons will be taught by swim instructor and head lifeguard Steven McFaddin. Other lifeguards this summer are Brooke Bradshaw, Kekoa Gonsalves, Miguel Martinez, Ethan Ming and Alejandra Pantoja.

Additional cool fun can be found throughout the summer at the Recreation Hut (opening June 21), which is attached to the pool complex and will be offering crafts, games, movies and books to all children.

Direct questions regarding swim lessons, registration and/or Hut activities to Liz Rodriguez, at the Holtville Fire Department, 760-356-2673.

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