Swimming Lessons Swim and Dive Teams Pool Rentals Pool Locations and Hours
Mesquite Aquatic Center, Greenfield, Williams Field and Perry pools are scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, May 28. The aquatics program offers a wide variety of cool activities that include swimming lessons, public swimming sessions, youth swim and dive teams, and more! Each aquatic facility has a waterslide or play feature, shade ramadas, a concession stand and/or vending machines, and diving boards for your enjoyment! See you at the pools!
Inside this issue:
Facilities Information and Map
Public Swimming Information
Swimming Lesson Schedule
Swim and Dive Team Information
The Gilbert Community Services Department is committed to offering quality programs at affordable prices. Fee assistance is available for all Youth Aquatic Programs if eligibility is approved through the Gilbert CAP office. Application forms are available at the Gilbert CAP office, which is located at 1140 N. Gilbert Road, Suite #109. Phone: 480-892-5331 Parents: With the Touch-Tone and On-line registration systems, all fee assistance applications must be completed prior to the registration dates for Swimming Lessons and Swim/Dive teams.
Americans with Disabilities Act (The Town of Gilbert complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Mesquite Aquatic Center:
35 S. Greenfield Road
100 W. Mesquite Street
(Located at Greenfield Junior High School)
(Located at Mesquite Junior High School)
1900 S. Higley Road
(Located at Perry High School)
(Located at Williams Field High School)
1775 E. Queen Creek Road
Williams Field Pool:
Elliot Mesquite Aquatics Warner
Ray Williams Field Pool Williams Field
Public Swimming Schedule May 28â€“ August 6, 2011 (subject to change) All Pools will be closed on Sundays
Greenfield Pool Williams Field Mesquite Aquatic Center Pool
Public Swimming Fees Pay Per Visit
Youth (17 and under) $1
Card with 30 punches $25
Adult (18 and over) $3
3 punches per adult visit 1 punch per child visit
Punch cards are valid at any of the four Town of Gilbert pools for admission and can be used by any family member and guests. Punch cards will be sold at all pools beginning May 28 during public swimming hours.
Public Swimming Policies Children 6 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult or responsible person (12+). Swim suits only: No cut-off shorts, cotton shorts, or T-shirts are permitted. All persons entering the aquatic facility must pay the entry fee-including infants(1+ yrs) and observers. No flotation devices, except as follows: “Water Wings” are permitted in the pool zero depth areas only but NOT in the main pool areas. Water “Noodles” are permitted at all facilities. Lifejackets are permitted only with the approval of the Pool Manager on duty. Children who are not toilet trained must wear a disposable swim diaper at all times. We ask that all guests use the restroom and shower before entering and enjoying the pool. Guests who are sick or ill (diarrhea, incontinent, vomiting) are asked to visit after they have recovered from their illness. There are additional rules and regulations posted at each aquatic center.
Please review these regulations when you visit any of our fantastic facilities.
Private pool rentals will be taken on a limited basis this season at the Mesquite Aquatic Center only. Unfortunately, no private rentals will be held during May, June or July due to the large number of hours the pools are open for public programs. Available pool rental dates for 2011 at Mesquite Aquatic Center are: August 15-20- Monday-Friday times 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday all day available. August 22-27-Monday-Friday times 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday all day available. Cost varies by size of group, but an average 2 hour rental at Mesquite Aquatic Center for up to 150 people is $400. Reservations will be accepted beginning May 2, 2011 for the summer season. For more information please call (480) 503-6200. 5
SWIMMING LESSONS AND AQUATIC CLASSES The Gilbert Community Services Department provides an extensive American Red Cross Learn to Swim program. Emphasis is placed on safety with these courses and a safety skill is discussed daily. Additionally, classes are offered in Diving, Aquacise, and for those with Special Needs. If you have any comments or concerns regarding the lesson program or other aquatic classes, please contact the instructor or Pool Managers beginning May 28.
Schedule Published 5pm
Resident On-line and Touch-Tone Registration Begins 8am
Non-Resident On-line and Touch-Tone Registration Begins 12 noon
Session One is Closed
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www.GilbertRecreation.com 1. In order to register through On-line registration, you will need a main contact client number, a family PIN number and a credit card. 2. If you do not have a main contact client number and a family PIN number, please call (480) 503-6200. 3. Visit www.GilbertRecreation.com to register On-line. Payments can be made with a Visa, Master Card or American Express.
1. If you do not have a main contact client number, individual client numbers and a family PIN, please call (480) 503-6200. 2. After calling Touch-Tone registration, (480) 503-6225, follow the recorded prompts to register for your selected classes. 3. Your registration is not complete until you enter your credit card information for payment. Payments can be made with a Visa, Master Card or American Express.
Don't have an account?â€Ś Please call 480-503-6200 to find out how to set one up.
SWIM LESSON REFUND POLICY No refunds or credits will be issued for swimming lessons due to the extremely high demand for this program and the short registration periods. If your child is unable to attend lessons, we are unable to fill their spot in class since we donâ€™t take waiting lists for the swim lesson program.
PARENT-TOT (6-36 months) 12 per class-$25
Designed for children to begin the process of learning basic water skills to help them become comfortable and relaxed in a swimming pool environment. The child must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (12+yrs) in the water that will help the child adapt to the aquatic environment with an instructor’s assistance. Focuses on: water adjustment, water entry/exit, exploration and submersion.
Level I: Water Exploration (5yrs and up) 6 per class -$25 The students will be familiarized with the aquatic environment. This is a first time exposure to the pool, lessons, and an instructor. Skills learned in this level will include face submersion, breath control (bubble blowing), supported floating on front and back, kicking and beginning arm action. Level II: Primary Skills (5yrs and up) 8 per class -$25
At this level the students will fully submerge head and retrieve objects, go into deep water with support, float on Tadpoles (30-41 months) 3 per class- $44 front and back for five seconds, demonstrate rhythmic This class is geared towards toddlers who are gaining breathing, front and back crawl, and kicking on front and back. comfort in the water and working on basic swim skills. The goal of this class is to work on the process of swimming without the parent and introduce new Level III: Stroke Readiness (5yrs and up) 8 per class-$25 skills. Focuses on: independent entry/exit, front/ To register for Level III and to participate comfortably, back glides, front/back floats, kicking and basic front/back arm movements. Previous participation students should have completed Level II and/or Sea Lions successfully. The focus of Level III is coordination of the in Parent-Tot is highly recommended. front and back crawl for 15 yards with good breathing, Shrimps (3-5yrs) 5 per class -$25 beginning to tread water and the elementary backstroke. Designed for a first time swimmer who is gaining In addition, safe diving practices from the side of the pool comfort and confidence in the water. This class will and underwater swimming are elements of this level. focus on the fundamentals: blowing bubbles, front and back float, head submersion, bobbing, front/ back arm movements and supported front/back kick. Level IV: Stroke Development (6yrs and up) 8 per class-$25 Otters (3-5yrs) 6 per class -$25 This is the course where students really begin to look like Intended for children who have mastered front and “swimmers”. Building on the skills already acquired, back floating. The class will focus on the coordinastudents will be able to swim at least 25 yards of front and tion of arm and leg movements on front/back, unback crawl easily, increase endurance, master rotary derwater swimming, kicking without support on breathing, and learn the basics of breastroke, scissor kick, front/back and turning over front to back/back to and turning at the wall. Enrollment in this level should front. occur after completion of Level III. Sealions (3-5 yrs) 7 per class -$25
PRE-SCHOOL LEVEL CLASSES
Geared for children who can float unassisted on front and back, kick on front/back without support, perform front/back crawl, and swim underwater. This class will concentrate on rhythmic breathing, elementary backstroke, and diving from the side of the pool.
Level V: Stroke Refinement (6yrs and up) 8 per class -$25 The purpose of this course is to coordinate and refine the main strokes learned, build endurance, and to introduce the butterfly. Students must be able to swim at least 50 yards front and back crawl. This class will continue to teach breaststroke, sidestroke, and flip turns.
SPECIALTY SWIM CLASSES:
SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSES:
Beginning Diving (5yrs and up) 6 per class-$25
(no age requirement) 1 student per class-$25
Diving participants must have passed Level II or Sea Lions swim lessons. This class teaches board work, front and back approaches, and will prepare participants for more advanced skills and the basics of competitive diving.
These classes offer one-on-one instruction designed to meet the needs of children or adults with special needs and/or developmental disabilities. Due to the specialized nature of this instruction, it is recommended that you speak with a Pool Manager PRIOR to registering Intermediate Diving (6yrs and up) 8 per class-$25 your child in the special needs classes. These class times are reserved for those youths/adults who have developThis class is for more advanced divers and will mental disabilities and are unable to participate in a teach participants more advanced skills such as class designed for their age/skill level with other stuflips, back dives, and twists. dents. For the 2011 season, special needs classes will be allocated an on-line code so registration can occur durAdult Beginner (16+yrs and up) 4 per class-$25 This class works on skills and strokes the adult ing the swim lesson registration on-line periods. Class sizes are VERY limited. would like to improve. Aquacise (12yrs and up) 12 per class-$25 This class is a low-impact fun way to stay cool and tone your muscles. This class stresses cardiovascular endurance and introduces exercises to tighten and firm your muscles.
New this year, our class offerings have changed to allow more flexibility for children to be enrolled in multiple classes. 5 year old children are now allowed to register for Shrimps (Preschool), Levels 1-3 (new!), and Diving classes.
The Town of Gilbert Community Services Department is excited to announce a new program for 2011-Saturday Swim Lessons! Are you too busy with work or other activities during the week to register your children for our traditional lessons? Saturday lessons are great for those with busy schedules and a great alternative to private swim schools! Lessons will be held on Saturdays only, from 8-11am (Locations listed below) Fees will be $25/session. Classes will be 40 minutes long, and a limited number of lessons will be offered at each facility. Registration for these lessons will begin on May 10 for Gilbert residents, and May 11 for non-residents at www.gilbertrecreation.com. See you there! 2011 Saturday Swim Lessons Session 1- Williams Field and Greenfield Pools Session 2â€“ Greenfield and Perry Pools
Session 1 Saturday
Session 2 Saturday
Mesquite Aquatic Center Swimming Lessons Monday-Thursday, between 9:30am-12pm for two weeks (8 classes). Greenfield Pool Swimming Lessons Monday-Thursday, between 9:30am-12pm for two weeks (8 classes). Monday-Thursday, between 5-8pm for two weeks (8 classes). Saturday, between 8-11am for 4 weeks (4 classes). Williams Field Pool Swimming Lessons Monday-Thursday, between 9:30am-12pm for two weeks (8 classes). Monday-Thursday, between 5-8pm for two weeks (8 classes). Saturday, between 8-11am for 4 weeks (4 classes). Perry Pool Swimming Lessons Monday-Thursday, between 9:30am-12pm for two weeks (8 classes). Saturday, between 8-11am for 4 weeks (4 classes).
GUARD START The Town of Gilbert Community Services Department and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a GUARD START program for the 2011 Aquatic Season. This program is designed for youth 12-15 years of age who would like to work as a Lifeguard, but are too young to take the required classes from the American Red Cross. The experience gained in this class will encourage a youngster to continue with their education and training and become a Certified Lifeguard through the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. Training will include rule enforcement, CPR demonstrations, First-Aid training, and various rescue scenarios. Registration will be through our On-line or Touch-Tone systems only and will begin: May 10 at 8am for residents May 11 for non-residents Location: Williams Field and Greenfield Pools Program Dates– Monday-Thursday—6/27-7/7* Program Time– 12p-3p Cost-$60.00 *no Guardstart offered on 7/4.
The Youth Summer Swim and Dive Team Programs begin on Tuesday, May 31 at the Mesquite Aquatic Center, Greenfield, Williams Field, and Perry pools. The Swim/Dive Team Program is non-competitive in nature and is designed to introduce a child to the fun of competitive swimming or diving in a team environment. Swim and dive meets will be held on one Saturday morning and selected evenings through June and July. These programs are open to all youngsters ages 5 to 17. For more information, please call: Gilbert Community Services Department at (480) 503-6200.
SWIM/DIVE TEAM REGISTRATION PROCEDURES On-line, Touch-Tone, Mail-In, and Walk-In registration will be accepted for the Youth Swim and Dive Team programs. Parents, please understand that these programs will reach capacity at most age levels and On-line or Touch-Tone registration is highly recommended! Gilbert residents will receive a registration priority. Swim/Dive Team Registration On-line and Touch-Tone Mail-In Walk-In
Gilbert Residents Non Residents 4/5 at 8am Begins 4/11 Begins 4/5 Begins 4/11
THIS SEASON, YOUTH SWIM AND DIVE TEAM PRACTICE TIMES HAVE CHANGED FOR ALL AGE GROUPS. PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO YOUR CHILD’S PRACTICE TIMES. SWIM MEETS WILL BE MAINLY ON THURSDAY EVENINGS. DIVE MEETS WILL BE RUN ON THURSDAY (9 AND UP) AND FRIDAY (8 AND UNDER) NIGHTS. DURING SWIM AND DIVE MEETS, 11 AND 12 AGE GROUP WILL ONLY COMPETE AGAINST 11 AND 12 AGE GROUP, AND WILL NOT COMPETE AGAINST 13 AND UP AGE GROUP. PRACTICE TIMES FOR THESE AGE GROUPS ARE NOW COMBINED. All children MUST practice at the pool and practice time that they are registered for. We receive many requests for special exceptions to scheduled practice times, and unfortunately we cannot allow certain age groups to get overbooked by allowing multiple practice exception requests. Your child’s age as of June 1, 2011 will determine what age group to register them in this program. You may register your child for both swim and/or dive teams. Then simply choose what practice or meet to attend that day. Separate registrations are required for each program.
REFUND POLICY We highly recommend that all participants swim during the preseason camp week and parents speak with the coaches prior to the refund deadline of May 20. After May 20, absolutely NO REFUNDS will be issued to children who are unable to meet the skill requirements of this program. We are unable to fill your child’s spot on the teams, and most parents have to find alternative activities for their children if they find they are unable to participate in this program. If you chose to withdraw your child from swim/dive teams, your refund request must be made on or before 5pm 5/20 by calling the Community Services office ONLY at 480-503-6200. After May 20th, if your child simply elects to not participate in the swim or dive team program after registration due to fear of practice, anxiety, or other issues, we cannot offer a refund or credit. Thank you for your
Important Swim Team Dates (tentative) Swim Team Preliminary Championship meets: 7/7 at 5pm, 7/8 at 5pm
Championship Swim Meets: 7/13, 7/14 at 5pm Awards Ceremony held immediately after Championships
Swim and Dive meet schedules will be available on-line at www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/ aquatics.cfm beginning May 16.
Register at: www. GilbertRecreation.com
SWIM/DIVE CAMPS AND PROGRAM SKILL REQUIREMENTS Parents, it is important to realize that there are minimum skill levels required for your children to be on the swim/dive teams. If your child has difficulty swimming a length of the pool (25 yards) unassisted in 70 seconds or less or jumping off the diving board you should NOT enroll them in the swim/dive team, but instead try swimming/diving lessons. Parents who enroll their children in swim or dive teams and want to withdraw them during the first few weeks of the program if their child is not enjoying the practices will not be offered a refund. Participants who have enrolled but do not meet the individual skill requirements will be offered a credit only and directed to swimming lessons. If you enroll your child in the 2011 swim/dive team program this year an optional week of practice is offered prior to the regular season that will give your children a good head start on the summer and is a GREAT IDEA TO ATTEND if you think your child might not quite have the skills to participate in this program. Participants must be currently registered in the program (waiting lists participants are not eligible to participate) and MUST practice at the pool they are registered for. This week of practice is a good indication of whether your child has the skills and stamina to participate successfully in the swim or dive teams and is held PRIOR to the refund deadline of May 20. Summer practice hours on page 17, begin on Tuesday, May 31st for all teams.
Pool Williams Field Barracudas Morning Swim Team
Perry Piranhas Morning Swim Team
Perry Manta Rays Afternoon Swim Team Pool Mesquite Marlins Morning Swim Team Mesquite Marlins Evening Swim Team
Greenfield Gators Morning Swim Team
Greenfield Gators Morning Dive Team
9yrs and up
Perry Manta Rays Afternoon Dive Team