3/21/2013 2:44:00 PM LTC program getting youngsters in the swim
Lee Gurley, Lincoln Trail College pool manager, works with a student about how to push off from a pool wall during the 6 p.m. Tuesday class. There will be additional classes this summer. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Children continued learning how to swim at the Lincoln Trail College pool Tuesday, one of four classes for young swimmers.
About 20 students showed up for the 6 p.m. class under the instruction of Lee Gurley, pool manager, and seven other instructors.
Beverly Dart brought her granddaughter Gracie Inboden to the course. She said the six-year-old loves the water and they try and get to a pool at least once a week.
Inboden is enrolled in both LTC swim courses on Tuesday and Thursday.
Inboden was working on the forward crawl and dives with six other students. She hit a common problem with young swimmers - her dives became somersaults halfway in.
She soon corrected and was entering the water as evenly as the other children.
Dart said she can't swim, which is one of the reasons she tried to make sure her children and grandchildren can.
The goal is to have the students swim at the best of their abilities at the time of the class, Gurley said. He was working with a group of students on putting their faces in the water and pushing off from the side of the pool.
The classes he taught started for most of the students with a slow kick while they were sitting on the edge of the pool, trying to keep them from splashing too much.
The instructions were a mixture of clarity and creative instructions.
"Chicken, airplane, soldier," was the guideline for an elementary backstroke, referring to the body positions to move through the water.
The breathing cycle for the forward crawl was explained as "blow bubbles to the bottom of the pool."
The program is about 30 years old, Gurley said, and so well attended they had to cut back enrollment from 80 to 60 students.
There will be another course offered in the summer, he said.
The college will again sponsor the Flippers, their competitive swim team, later this year.