Friday, June 15, 2012


With the warm weather upon us it is good to have a favorite swimming spot.  One of our goals this summer is to teach our son to swim for both safety and enjoyment.

Two of our swimming spots are closed this year Lake Pineo and the Norwich Pool so we've had to look for other options...

Upper Valley Aquatic Center:
UVAC offers a cutting-edge learn to swim program using a systematic step-by-step progression so swimmers learn to swim better, faster. In addition, the lesson pool water is a warm 87 degrees leaving no children sitting cold on the side.

  • Swimmers are able to advance at their own pace 
  • Maximum 5 students per instructor 
  • Fundamental elements of swimming organized into a clearly stated progression 
  • Advancement criteria gives students clear goals 
  • Effective techniques for breathing, body position, arm movement and timing incorporated into each lesson progression 
Swim Lesson Options
Our program is designed for everybody regardless of age, ability or intentions. Dive right in!

Group Lessons:
Ages 6 months and up. 4-6 children per instructor

Private Lessons:
Minimum 3 years, 1 student per instructor, for children and adults. Need more info? Email

Minimum 3 years, 2 swimmers of similar ability level, for children and adults

Adult Swim Program:
Beginner and intermediate swimmers
Skill Building: Improve stroke technique, breathing mechanics, reading a time clock for interval workouts, additional stroke work for breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly
Drop-In and Punch Passes available

For more information on swim lessons at UVAC go to

Storrs Pond:
Offers swimming in the pond with a sandy beach for play or the pool.

In Hanover the Storrs Pond pool will also be hosting American Red Cross swim and water safety lessons with certified swim instructors. Children will learn safety skills, and swim strokes such as the front crawl, back crawl, side stroke, butterfly, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, treading water, and calling 911 and what to do in an emergency. They will learn beginning diving skills and many important safety tips for being in the water.  Lessons are available for children ages 6 months to 14 years.

To learn more about the Storrs Pond Pool program or sign up please go to

The CCBA in Lebanon also offers swim lessons. The program is through the American Red Cross learn to swim program, and the groups are broken up based on levels and abilities, not ages, and taught by Red Cross certified Water Safety instructors. In this class the students learn to swim and dive.

For more information on swim lessons at CCBA, and to sign up, go to

Lebanon Recreation:
The Lebanon Memorial Pool starts lessons with children at six months old to two years, and the classes focus on teaching the parents how to work with their children in the water in their American Red Cross program. Older children have water safety skills intermingled in with the swim skill lessons they are learning.

For information on hours and registering for lessons at the Lebanon Memorial Pool go to

Hartford Recreation:
Sherman Manning Pools provides designated times for swim lessons, adult swimming and open swimming.  Daily and season passes are available for everyone.  Swimming lessons are provided for Hartford residents only.

For more information on hours and registering for lessons at the Serman Manning Pool go to:

Shakoma Beach in Enfield:
Open Daily 10am-5pm
June 19 - September 3

Swim Lessons at Shakoma Beach 2012
Lessons are offered by a certified Red Cross Swimming Instructor. Classes are offered in Levels I through V, as well as Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Readiness, and Fitness Swimmer.

There are two 2-week sessions offered during the summer: July 9-July 20 and July 23-Aug 3
For Enfield Residents the cost is $10.00 per child per session.
For non-Enfield residents the cost is $20.00 per child per session.

Lessons are each afternoon Monday through Friday, beginning at 12:30. Levels I and II are each ½
hour long; Levels III, IV are combined for 45 minutes; higher levels are combined for 45 minutes to
one hour.
Parents and guardians are required to stay at the beach during their child

To registerier for lessons at Shakoma Beach go to:

North Hartland Dam:
North Hartland Lake will open for its 2012 recreation season in late May. It will be open daily for public use from 8 A.M.-8 P.M.until its closing date of September 9th. The entrance fee remains one dollar per visitor age 12 and over. Various programs are offered free of charge at the lake, and visitors can call (802) 295-2855 for information on these and other services offered at the lake.

Of course, for a quick way to cool off, a sprinkler in the backyard is a huge hit at our house right now

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