The first sessions of JCPRD public swim lessons being offered at the Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center in Lenexa City Center are set to begin in mid-February.
“Our swim lessons offer a fun and safe environment for participants to learn a life skill that will enhance the rest of their lives,” said JCPRD Aquatics Manager Marshall McKinney. “We strive with all of our programs to make positive memories that can last a lifetime.”
Five levels of group swim lessons for preschool and youth all have Monday and Wednesday classes beginning Feb. 10, and Saturday classes starting Feb. 15. Preschool offerings include a Parent & Tot class for ages six months to two and one-half years with a parent, and an Aqua Tot class for ages two-and-one-half to five. Youth classes for ages five and older are generally skill-based and are not age specific. Levels include Novice, Advance Novice, and Intermediate. Private swim lessons for youth and adults at all skill levels are also available by appointment.
“Anytime we are able to offer the community another facility to get swim lessons we are winning,” McKinney said. “Water is something that we enjoy cradle to grave whether it be for recreation, vacation, fitness or therapy, we all tend to gravitate towards water. Swim lessons are important to enhance the quality of life and not prevent someone from participating in all the great aquatic activities that are available to them throughout their life. Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children.”
In addition to swim lessons, JCPRD offers a number of other programs at the SMSD Aquatic Center, including Masters Swimming (adult swim team), Adult Water Polo Practices, Water Fitness Classes, and JCPRD’s Kansas City Blazers Swim Team. For more information about all of these programs, including schedules and costs, visit jcprd.com
The state-of-the-art facility officially opened on Dec. 5, and since then has seen numerous swim and dive competitions hosted by SMSD swim and dive teams and local USA Swimming events. JCPRD operates the facility in partnership with the school district.
The 53,000-square-foot center features an Olympic-sized competition pool with one large video board and two scoreboards, and two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards, as well as a 25-yard pool for training and non-competitive swimming. This smaller pool is where the majority of JCPRD swim lessons take place. Other features of the center include locker rooms, concession areas, and an attached multi-floor parking lot.
Reactions to the new aquatic center have been very positive, McKinney said.
“Guests have been amazed by the building itself,” he said. “The amount of windows, the beams that stretch the length of the building, and of course the center piece of the facility; the competition pool. We have seen numerous reactions of, ‘I have never seen an aquatic facility like this,’ and ‘Johnson County has needed a facility like this for a long time.’”