Local kids keeping cool while learning to swim safely

by Trish Rudder

Swimming lessons at the pool in Berkeley Springs State Park was in its second week last Wednesday on a very warm day, but the intermediate class of six students were staying cool and having fun.

The five-week program is sponsored by Morgan County Parks & Recreation and taught by Berkeley Springs resident Larry Landon, who is a certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI). He teaches according to the Red Cross Learn-To-Swim program, he said.

The classes are coordinated by Morgan County Parks & Rec and are limited to 10 students in each class. The summer program has 35 students – 19 beginners and 16 intermediate.

Based on their skill level, the intermediate class members last Wednesday morning were: Victoria Blanco, 11; Aiden Diehl, 10; Dylan Wagoner, 8; Colton Wagoner, 7; Anthony Haber, 13 and Jacob Haber, 11.

Landon said his two goals for the course are “learn to be safe in and around water and have fun.”

“I also enjoy seeing the children become more confident and independent as their swimming ability increases. This confidence will likely carry over into other parts of their life,” Landon noted.

Water safety instructor Larry Landon gives swimming lessons at the Berkeley Springs State Park pool to intermediate class students. His assistant is Felicity Brimelow.
photo by Trish Rudder