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Park district schedules swim lesson instructor course

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The DeKalb Park District has started a new course for older teens and adults interested in teaching swim lessons in and around the DeKalb County area.

Successful completion of this course will help people become more marketable when applying for a swim instructor position. Instruction will be given on the basic strokes taught in lessons and will include age appropriate skills, vocabulary, tools and equipment, safety and more. 

Attendees will work as teams, individuals and one-on-one as they develop skills on how to teach groups and private programs. They will learn from classroom lectures and in-water practices. 

Several park districts in the DeKalb County area have expressed an interest in students who successfully complete this course. Just knowing how to swim or even being a lifeguard does not qualify one as a good swim instructor. Participants should be able to swim 25 yards of the front stroke, back crawl, side stroke and breast stroke. Participants will learn how to clean those strokes up and refine them during the class.

The new session runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, March 18 through April 29, at Huntley Middle School.

Registration can be completed at Haish Gym, 303 S. Ninth St., or Sports and Recreation Center, 1765 S. Fourth St. The course fee of $60 for residents and $75 for nonresidents includes a detailed handbook and course completion certification.  

Call 815-756-8560 for more information.

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