May 24, 2002

City Pools Offer Mail In Registration For The First Time

Based on customer requests, effective May 20, 2002, the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department’s Aquatics District will begin offering mail-in registration for swim lessons at all of the City’s 13 pools. In-Person open registration will begin on June 15, 2002 and stay in effect throughout the summer season.

This change in service delivery is designed to accommodate an increase in people interested in “getting into the swim of things” at their community pool and should make the registration process as easy as possible. It will soon be possible to register to swim lessons in advance, with up to two sessions per participant. This summer’s schedule will include five-two-week learning sessions beginning June 24, 2002. Classes will meet daily for 30 minutes at all pool locations. Each pool should be contacted directly for class times. People may request an aquatics brochure with information on all pools in the city by calling the Swim Hotline at (619) 685-1322.

Last year, approximately 18,000 children took part in the Learn To Swim Program offered at all pools. In addition to swim lessons, the City’s pools swim and water polo team programs, water fitness classes, senior specialty programs, lap and recreational swim times, and adaptive swim programs for people with disabilities.

During the summer City pools are open an average of 10-15 hours per day. The cost to swim at all City pools is the same. Lap and recreational swim times it costs $2.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $1.50 for children (15 and under), seniors (62 and older) and anyone who is disabled. Discount passes are available for $35.00 for 20 swims for adults and $25.00 for 20 swims for children, seniors and the disabled.

Any family that cannot afford the cost of swimming can apply for a “fee waiver” making it possible to participate in any program for free. To apply for a fee waiver, an individual must show proof of residency and an income tax statement including number of family members. For those who do not file an income tax return, a TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) Social Services Notice of Action form can be submitted as verification. This information is then compared to the Financial Assistance Scale in the Park and Recreation Department’s fee schedule.

For more information on aquatic programs offered through the Park and Recreation Department call the Swim Hotline at (619) 685-1322.

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