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Pool is open for children and private lessons; charges for residents and non-residents

COURTESY PHOTO: MOLALLA AQUATIC CENTER - Molalla Aquatic Center is offering Red Cross learn to swim program this summer.

Does your child scream when she sees water, or does he walk right into a pool without knowing how to swim? Maybe it's time for swimming lessons, and the Molalla Aquatic Center can help with its huge list of preschool and children's lessons offered in a number of sessions.

There are five, two-week sessions for the Monday through Thursday classes. Session 1 is June 18 to July 21; Session 2 from July 2 to July 12 with July 4 off; Session 3 is July 16-July 26; Session 4 is July 30 through Aug. 9; and Session 5 from Aug.13-23. The 30-minute classes each include several different types of lessons. Each is limited to five students and payment is due at the time of registration. All classes are $50 for residents and $65 for non-residents.

The Monday through Thursday lessons include preschool and parent/child; and one to six levels of learn to swim. Classes are subject to be changed if a class doesn't fill up or a waitlist is full for another level at the same time. Sessions with less than three participants will be cancelled. Tuesday/Thursday classes start at 4:20 p.m. and offers six one-half hour sessions until 7:45 p.m. Its three sessions meet June 5-28; July 3-26; and July 31-Aug. 23.

Finally there are lessons at three times on Saturday morning from 9-9:55, 10-10:55 and 11 to 11:55. Session one is from June 9-20; Session two from July 7-28 and from Aug. 4-25. There are three classes assigned to each 55 minute session. Private lessons offer one-to-one classes with a certified instructor for 30 minutes. These run $80 for residents and $95 for those out of Molalla's boundaries.

But the center offers more than just lessons. It offers some programs that are just plain fun. For example, moms swam free from 1-5 p.m. on Mother's Day and on June 17 fathers get to swim free too. The evening water fitness class is going out to dinner, also on June 17, at the Lumberjack Grill when the instructor will announce the participant of the month.

This year, Melissa Georgesen, the Aquatic Center Director, is working to start a summer league swim team for kids.

"This is basically…for the kids who have done lessons who are ready to start being competitive," Georgesen said, "or who just love swimming and they've already taken all the lessons that they can and they're ready to turn their swimming into a workout or get ready for high school swim team if they're going that way in the fall."

Kids 10 and under will practice from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the 11 and over swimmers will practice from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The summer league will swim four days a week from June 25 to Aug. 30 with the Oregon City Swim Team, which will supply the coaches. Tentatively, there will be a big swim meet at the end of the summer. Georgesen said she is unsure whether there will be other area meets during the summer. The cost is $130 for all for the entire season, much less expensive than other swim teams.

Kids love pool parties and the facility offers two different ways to hold them. Those seeking an ultra-private party can rent the entire building for a minimum of two hours for up to 50 swimmers. The cost is $150 for residents and $180 for non-residents. More swimmers require an additional fee.

If that is too much or you have less than 50 swimmers, the party room rental is $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. This includes one hour for food or games in the center's classroom.

There are also passes. A three-month adult pass, good from the purchase date, runs $80 for those who live in Molalla and $95 who don't; while a three month senior or youth pass runs costs $70 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Infants to age 3, residents or not, swim for free. There are daily passes for youth and senior adults as well as passes for adult drop ins for lap and open swims. The daily single pass for families that all live in the same household is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents.

Prices also differ for adult and senior water fitness drop in classes with an instructor is $6 for adults and $4 for senior residents and $8 for adult and $6 senior drop ins. Finally, tots age 5 or under with an adult in the water during designated tot time on schedule runs $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.

For more information, visit molallapool.com or contact the Aquatic Center at 503-759-7665 and ask for Julie Harris or Melissa Georgesen.

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