Mokihana ‘Learn to Swim’ classes filling up

LIHU‘E —  This is the final week to register for the Mokihana Aquatics Learn to Swim classes, said coach Orlando “O” Anaya.

Anaya said the Learn to Swim classes, especially the Infant, labelled ‘Ohana Keiki, and the Pre-School Aquatics, labelled “Tiny Tots,” have been popular since the program started with the first sessions, June 6.

The class is currently in its second session and registration will close at the end of this week for the third session which runs July 4 through 15 at the Kaua‘i High School pool.

Anaya said the ‘Ohana Keiki program covers infants from six weeks through 35 months old and the care giver accompanies the swimmer to class, working through the various swimming exercises in the pool.

The Tiny Tots program covers pre-school age swimmers 3 and 4 years old with certified Mokihana Aquatics swimmers working with the swimmers in the pool on a one-to-one basis, Anaya said.

In addition to the “Coach O Helpers,” there are usually one, or two “floaters,” or available swimmers to assist, if necessary.

Classes meet from 1:30 to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3 p.m., the amount of classes indicating the popularity of the Learn to Swim program. Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

“The Tiny Tots program, especially, is pretty popular with a lot of people signing up,” Anaya said. “Everyone needs to learn to swim, so we don’t want anyone to miss out.”

There is a charge of $75 for swimmers and pre-registration for the classes are necessary.

Anaya said for youngsters over 5 years old, there is the Learn to Swim Camp which is taking place and will end with the popular Lollipop Meet, July 9 at the Kaua‘i High School pool.

In addition to the basic swimming instruction, students in the Learn to Swim Camp have an opportunity to learn about Beach and Ocean Safety.

He said the Tiny Tots program is highly-requested by parents because of the one-to-one instructor-to-swimmer ratio.

“When the swimmers advance to the Beginners class, it’s the same ‘instructors,’ but they usually handle up to three swimmers,” Anaya said, noting that this year, there were 11 Mokihana Aquatics swimmers who turned out as instructors.

Call Anaya at 821-0587 for information, or to register a student for the final Infant and Pre-School Aquatics classes for this summer.

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