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Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Swimming

 

2nd Ave Aquatics Center

 

 

 

Foreman Reynaud Aquatics Center

 

 

 

University Auqatics Center

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

WHEN DO WARD 3 FACILITIES OPEN FOR THE SUMMER?
     Saturday, May 27th, Ward 3 will have a FREE Open swim session from 1-6 at University, 2nd Ave and Foreman Reynaud.  Our facilites are closed on Memorial Day.  Ward 3 Aquatics will reopen for Open Swim Tuesday, May 30th through Saturday, June 3rd, from 1-6 pm.  The following Monday, June 5th, we will begin water aerobics, swim lessons and open swim.

WHEN DO LESSONS START?
     Lessons begin June 5th-July 28, Monday through Friday at 2nd Ave and University. The instructional hours vary at each facility.

HOW MUCH ARE WARD 3 AQUATICS FEES?
     It only cost $1 for a swim lesson, a water aerobics class or attendance to an open swim session.  You do not need to be a member or resident of a certain area to take advantage of our aquatic opportunities.

HOW DO I SIGN MY CHILD UP?
     There is no pre-registration or early registration for lessons.  First come will be first served, so you sign up for a class on the day you arrive.  We will have appx. 5 instructors available each hour, and won't exceed more than the instructors can effectively teach.  If we need to close an hour of registration because we have filled available slots, we will start registering students for the next hours class, assuming there is one to follow.  We want all of our customers to have the opportunity to enjoy a well taught, well managed aquatics lesson at our facilities, with a trained and competent instructor.

WHAT AGES DO YOU TEACH?
     5-17 for the children's classes.

DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?
     For the first time, we are teaching non-swimming adults at 2nd Ave from 8-8:45 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If we have 5 instructors, we can only teach 5-10 adults during a lesson.

WHAT CERTIFICATIONS DO YOUR EMPLOYEES HAVE?
     Ward 3 Aquatics Facilities are all Liscenced Trainer Providers through the American Red Cross.  In addition, our highly trained staff have one or all of the following certifications:   American Red Cross Lifeguarding, American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor,  American Red Cross Basic Water Safety Instructor, and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certifications.  We have attained this level of training throughthe support of Ward 3 Recreation and the American Red Cross Centennial Campaign.

WHEN ARE WATER AEROBICS CLASSES?
     We offer morning classes at University and evening classes at 2nd Ave, Monday through Friday. You do not need to know how to swim to participate.

WHAT IS OPEN SWIM?
     Open swim is when the pool is open with lifeguards and no instruction is occurring.  Although not recommended, a child must be at least 8 years of age to be left unattended.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR MY CHILD UNDER 5?
     We encourage you to bring your child to open swim and begin water exploration and play to familiarize them with the water.  We are working on offering some classes for younger children that will be taught with a parent or guardian in the water with them, but do not have them at this time.  A parent is a child's first teacher, and even if you do not swim, we have large shallow areas at our pools where you will be safe and can bring your child to play in the water in a safe, well guarded atmosphere.  I will post some water readiness skills that parents can work on while at play with their little ones!

WHAT IS SUMMER SWIM LEAGUE?
     Summer Swim League is a recreational league that involves just over 500 children from about a dozen different teams from local or nearby facilities.  Registration ends for the summer at the end of May.

WILL YOU HAVE SWIM CLASSES IN THE EVENING OR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR?
     We anticipate having some during next school year at the Foreman Reynaud Facility.

 


For questions, comments or concerns, you can contact Rene' Fontenot, the Ward 3 Aquatics Director, at rfontenot@ward3recreation.com