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Summer kicks off the start of swim program

CAMP PENDLETON — Camp Pendleton parents can rest easier this summer, thanks to Marine Corps Community Services kicking off the Learn to Swim program at the 13-area pool. Children ages six months and up are learning the basics of water safety and survival with the help of skilled lifeguards and swim instructors.
The Learn to Swim program will be offered in three two-week long classes this summer, available at the 13-area, 14-area and 53-area pools. The next session begins July 15 and costs $30 per child. Contact the main office at (760) 725-5084 for more information or to register.
“We designate the children into groups by ability and then pair them with the appropriate instructor so they learn different skills as they advance to different levels,” said Jessica Swenson, Learn to Swim program coordinator and lifeguard supervisor for MCCS.
“We teach kids to swim at a young age because then they know how to be safe around aquatic facilities and also know how to save themselves or get help in a dangerous situation,” Swenson said.
“It’s important they learn early so it becomes second nature to them,” said Gunnery Sgt. Paul Coy, a Huey and Cobra mechanic, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 and parent to two children attending the program. “It’s one less worry we may have at the beach or later on in life. We can have the confidence that they know what to do in the water.”