Scholarships for swimming lessons

By Liz Lindley, Lifeguard, Brookings City Pool August 02, 2013 09:45 pm

Liz Lindley, lifeguard

Brookings City Pool 

The Brookings City Pool has been providing swimming lessons to children and adults of all ages for decades. 

This year, under new management, there have been numerous physical improvements to this public facility, and, as one of the lifeguards on staff, I have seen great improvements in the organization of legal requirements and staff responsibilities. There is, however, still an important aspect of the pool that would benefit from community involvement. 

An area that would greatly enhance the service that the pool can provide to the community would be to increase the amount of scholarship funding available for swimming lessons. 

Having the ability to swim is vital, especially for young people living here on the Wild Rivers Coast. Children who attend swimming lessons from a young age are much less likely to be afraid of water as an adult. During lessons, children are taught invaluable swimming and personal water safety skills which are taught by energetic and enthusiastic lifeguards who enjoy swimming themselves. 

These children are able to associate water with fun and exercise. Their new skills could not only one day save their own life, but can also open up a world of recreational physical activity. Children in today’s world are in greater need of physical activity now than ever before; learning to swim gives them a way to become healthier and stronger adults. 

The Brookings City Pool invites you to contribute to the swimming lesson scholarship fund for children who would otherwise not be able to afford public swimming lessons, which cost $35 per two-week session. Every donation, however small, will help more children abandon their fears of the water and give them a new setting in which to exercise and play. There are still two sessions of swimming lessons left. And it would be great to kick off next year with a small pool of money already established.

Donations can be made at City Hall or by mail: 898 Elk Drive, Brookings OR 97415. 

Please contact Jimmy Trudeau at the Brookings City Pool with any questions 541-469-4711, or drop by for a visit at 1130 Ransom Ave.