The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department is offering several classes and events at the Civic Center’s indoor pool this spring, a press release said.
Spring Break Open Swim Extended Hours: First, to take full advantage of spring break, the indoor pool will operate on extended hours between Monday, March 13, and Friday, March 24. Open swim times are as follows:
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ORCA Swim Team: Sign-ups for the Oak Ridge City Aquatics (ORCA) swim team are open through Tuesday, March 28, when the spring session begins. ORCA is open to anyone 5-18 years old and the only prerequisite is the ability to swim 25 yards unassisted. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. The swim team fee is $70 ($80 for those living outside of Oak Ridge). The season runs from March 28 through May 18.
Adult Swimming Lessons: Beginner and intermediate level adult swimmers are invited to enroll in a swim course that will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between March 7 and March 23. Classes are scheduled between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on those days.
Red Cross Swim Lessons: Red Cross Swim Lessons are also offered in two sessions this spring:
- Session 1: March 13-24 (Mon/Wed/Fri), 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
- Session 2: March 28-April 13 (Tues/Thurs), 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m. or 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m.
Registration for all swim classes will be accepted until the date of the first class.
Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course: Swimmers can also get their Red Cross Lifeguard Certification in April. The course is being offered on the following dates and times:
- April 11, 13, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 27, and 29
- Tues/Thurs: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Wednesday: 2:15 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
There is limited space available for the lifeguard certification classes and the registration deadline is Monday, April 3. Prerequisites include being at least 15 years of age and the ability to pass the pre-swim test that will be held on the first day of class. Registration costs are $135, plus a $35 fee that will be paid online to the Red Cross. For those who do not reside in Oak Ridge, an additional $10 fee will apply.
Paddle Board YogaFit and Aqua Zumba Classes: Also on the calendar this spring are Paddle Board YogaFit and Aqua Zumba. Both classes are already underway, but participants can join at any time. Aqua Zumba is held on Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Cost per class is $4.25 for adults and $2.25 for seniors (age 65 and up). Paddle Board YogaFit classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Boards are provided by the instructor and basic swimming skills are required. The cost is $15 per class. Bundled classes are offered.
The indoor pool is located inside the Civic Center at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike. If you have questions, please contact the Civic Center front desk by calling (865) 425-3450. You can also email Vonda Wooten, aquatics recreation manager, at [email protected].
Online registration and additional details for many of these activities are available at the following link: https://apm.activecommunities.com/oakridgerecandparks/Home.