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Family Values: Swim Scene


By Bethany Powers '11

Published Jul 1, 2009 10:00 AM

Having a splish-splashing good time is one of the best ways to cool down during the hot summer months. And why not have your kids learn water safety and swimming strokes too? Sunset Canyon Recreation Center offers swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, so your kids will be sure to dive into something they'll enjoy.

Tucked away on the northwest corner of UCLA's campus, the pools are surrounded by grassy lawns and towering trees. Plenty of lounge chairs are available if you want to get some sunshine while watching your child swim.


Parent and child classes are offered so babies as young as 6 months can learn to love the water and get comfortable in the aquatic environment. "Swimming for Two" classes are for 2- to 5-year-old swimmers who still want to have their mom or dad around while in the water. This class teaches kids the basics of swimming, like staying afloat and kicking, so that they can grow to become independent swimmers.

Kids from kindergarten to middle school can find their skill level in group sessions that are offered. Five levels encompass everything from continuing the basics to mastering the breaststroke.

Semi-private lessons — for your child and a buddy — as well as private lessons, are also available for ages 3-12, if one-on-one attention is what your child needs to be a pro in the water.

All lessons are taught by experienced, certified teachers familiar with coaching a variety of skill levels.

Swimming lessons at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Sessions offered through September. Dates, times and prices vary. For more information, call (310) 825-3671 or visit UCLA Recreation's summer camps page.