UW-Stevens Point offers aquatic lessons for adults, children

STEVENS POINT – A longstanding swimming program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that has enriched the lives of local children and adults will once again be offered on campus.

Classes begin Jan. 31 as part of the Stevens Point Lifelong Aquatics Supporting Health (SPLASH), formerly the SNAP program.

Adults with arthritis and seniors looking for a low-impact workout to improve strength and balance are offered classes twice a week for two sessions: January 31-March 18 and March 28 to May 13. Each session costs $70. 45 minute classes are for a maximum of 12 participants.

Choose from the following adult courses:

  • jazzy joints – 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class focuses on range of motion and flexibility through dance-inspired movements and stretches.
  • Aquatic mixer – 9:00 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; or 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class offers a mix of body strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular activities using a variety of equipment and is a great class for social people.
  • balance more – 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class helps individuals improve or maintain their balance.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program – 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. This class follows the National Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program protocol.

Young children of all abilities accompanied by a parent or guardian can participate in weekly 30-minute child/parent lessons during two sessions: January 31 to March 18 and March 28 to May 13. Each four-week session costs $40 and is limited to 10 children. Children gain a positive first experience of water, learn safety skills in and around water, and have fun.

Choose from the following child/parent classes:

  • Infant/Toddler (9-36 months) – 5:30 p.m. Monday or Thursday. Babies and parents will be exposed to adaptive water activities, introduced to proper water safety skills, and learned assisted movements.
  • Preschool (3-4 years old) – 6:10 p.m. Monday or Thursday. Learn independent propulsive swimming strokes, participate in advanced water adjustment activities, learn water safety techniques, and practice combination techniques for basic swimming strokes for level 1 swimming progression .

All classes are held in the Therapy Pool, adjacent to the Quandt Fieldhouse in the UW-Stevens Point Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Room, 2050 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Early registration is advised, as program space is limited. For online registration and more information, go to www.uwsp.edu/splash, call 715-346-2409, or email [email protected]

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