With so much canceled this summer, your kids can still enjoy some cool fun with lessons at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center in Pasadena. With a mission to make sure that every person is water safe, the RBAC has implemented new policies and procedures – and is operating at a limited capacity – in order to be able to re-open its pools for swim lessons. Lessons are available for all skill levels and open to children as young as 6 months and adults. The final session of group classes for the summer begins Aug. 10. Private and semi-private lessons are also available.
“Swim lessons save lives,” says RBAC spokesperson Emily Imperiale. “We consider our swim lesson program to be the gateway program of the facility. Once a patron is water safe, they can successfully participate in other programs at our facility such as competitive swimming, diving, water polo, or water fitness.”
While physical distancing restrictions are in place, instructors will teach from the pool deck or from a 6-foot distance in the water. This means that for some levels, a parent or guardian will need to be in the water with the child at all times.
Additional measures in place to ensure the safety of students, teachers and staff include:
- Group classes will have no more than four participants.
- Registration must take place online or over the phone; no in-person registration is available.
- Students must maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others when lining up to enter the pool area.
- Masks must be worn by everyone over the age of 2, unless they are in the showers or water.
- To help maintain social distancing, only one parent or guardian can attend with each lesson participant.
- Everyone must shower prior to entering the pool.
- Lesson participants must bring their own goggles. Goggles will not be available to borrow.
- Due to limited space and physical distancing requirements, everyone is expected to leave the facility upon the completion of their lessons.
Lessons are offered every half hour from 9-11:20 a.m. during the week and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on weekends. Games and fun are included at every level, with children working to become water safe at beginning levels and learning official swim strokes as they progress.
Lesson costs range from $48 for parent/infant beginner group lessons to $42 for each half-hour private lesson. Swim diapers are required for children who aren’t potty trained, and goggles are recommended for all.