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Aquatics Activities

Lap Swimming

Lap Swim Hours:
Short Course
June – August - No Lap Swim on Sundays
*No lap swim 7/4 evening
M-F 5:30-7:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m.- 12:45 p.m.
M-Th 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
12 years & up
McMurtrey Aquatic Center is open year-round for lap swimming!
Get into shape physically and aerobically through lap swimming. Must be able to swim 25 yards non-stop.
Lane availability may vary.

100 MILE CLUB

Set your own pace and join the 100 Mile Club!
While enjoying your workout at your own pace, you keep track of your laps. Fill out a tracking sheet and receive bi-weekly updates of your progress.
Reach 100 Miles and earn:
             1 Free Lap Swim Pass for you
             100 Mile Club T-Shirt
            Earn additional prizes as you reach additional milestones.
Call 661-852-7430 for more information.

Aqua Conditioning

May - August
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Deep Water Intervals

June – August:
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Location: McMurtrey Aquatic Center

Download Flyers:
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Aqua Zumba

Get a water based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all exhilarating.Classes offered May through August @ McMurtrey Aquatic Center
Mondays 7 – 8 p.m.

2014 Summer Aqua Zumba Flyer

 

Parent and Me Pool Time

Fridays            10:00-11:30am
This new program gives parents and their children ages 5 and under the opportunity to enjoy the McMurtrey activity pool in a smaller setting for some water playtime. Swim diapers required for all diapered guests.
$5 for parent and one child
$3 for each additional child

2014_Summer_Parent_and_Me_Pool_Playtime Flyer

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Swim Lesson Registration
The City of Bakersfield Recreation & Parks offers 3 options for swim lesson registration.

  1. On-Line - Begins April 23 at 8 a.m. visit www.bakersfieldswim.us
  2. Mail-In Registration- Forms cannot be processed before May 1st.
  3. Walk-In Registration- Begins May 1st at 8 a.m.

Please note: Discounted swim lesson registrations must be completed in person at McMurtrey Aquatic Center.
For more registration details please see page 20 of the Summer brochure.

Swim Lesson Information

Learn to Swim                                          5 - 15 yrs.
The City of Bakersfield is proud to offer American Red Cross Learn to Swim classes. Red Cross Learn to Swim features six levels of instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their skills. All children will be tested on the first day of class and placed in the appropriate level. Swim levels and ages may be combined for any lesson, and class sizes may not exceed those maximums established by the American Red Cross.
Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Level 3 - Stroke Development
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
Level 6 - Swimming and Skills Proficiency

Water Babies                              6 months to 3 yrs.
All classes for infants and toddlers require active in-water participation from parents and child. Group and free time activities help new swimmers adjust and become comfortable in and around the pool. Water safety instruction is included for children and parents. Children are required to wear a swim diaper under their swimsuit.

Preschool                                             2 1/2 to 5 yrs.
For the child ready to explore the water with an instructor and without their parent. Class includes water adjustment and beginning swim skills as well as water safety skills.
Preschool 1 – Introduction to the Water
Preschool 2 - Introduction to Water Skills
Preschool 3 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Aqua-Teen                                            11 to 15 yrs.
This new class is for beginner youth who want to learn to swim and be more comfortable in the water. Focus is on getting youth up to speed and ready to join Level 4 lessons.

Adult Swim Lessons                          16 yrs. and up
Learning how to swim isn’t just for kids. Adult lessons are designed to start with the basics and teach each individual according to their needs.

Summer Swim Lessons


Days:        Monday - Thursday (2 week sessions)
Times:      See Brochure Pages 20-23
Location: All City Pools (McMurtrey Aquatic Center, Silver Creek, Jefferson, and MLK)
Summer Session Dates:
                  Session 1:  6/9-6/19
                  Session 2:  6/23 – 7/3
                  Session 3:  7/14 – 7/24
                  Session 4:  7/28 – 8/7
Cost:        $50 for residents for 8 lessons
                  $60 for residents for 8 lessons

Make a Splash

Discounted Lessons - $5 Swim Lessons for Children ages 0 to 5 and their Parents
LIMITED SPOTS LEFT
Thanks to a grant from First 5 Kern the City of Bakersfield’s Make a Splash program will be offering $5 swim lessons to children ages 0 to 5 and their parents at all City Pools in Sessions 3 & 4.

Free Child and Infant CPR & First Aid Classes


MAKE A SPLASH
Free CPR & First Aid for Parents of Children 0 to 5
Thanks to a grant from First 5 Kern, the City of Bakersfield’s Make A Splash program will be offering free Standard First Aid, Pediatric CPR, and Water Safety courses for parents of children ages 0 to 5 at McMurtrey Aquatic Center.

 

for expectant parents, parents, grandparents, and providers of children ages 0 to 5.
Upcoming class: June 7th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McMurtrey Aquatic Center
Call for more details: (661)852-7430

 

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USA Swimming Discounted Lessons
$5 Swim Lessons for Children ages 6 months to 12 years
FULL FOR 2014
Thanks to a grant from USA Swimming, the City of Bakersfield’s Make a Splash program will be providing 111 eligible participants $5 swim lessons to children ages 6 months to 12 years in Session 1.

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Kaiser Permanente Operation Splash


$5 Swim Lessons for Children ages 3 to 18 years
Free Operation Splash Passes
FULL FOR 2014
Thanks to a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the City of Bakersfield’s Operation Splash program will be providing 250 eligible participants $5 swim lessons to children ages 3 to 18 years in Sessions 1-4. The grant also provide 200 deserving community members with 2014 Summer Season Passes, which will provide them free admission to public recreational swim at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jefferson, and Silver Creek Pools.

 

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Guardstart – Jr. Lifeguarding

This program is a great way to introduce young teens to a future job opportunity! It will provide a jump start into the American Red Cross Lifeguarding program.  Participants will build a foundation of knowledge, attitude, and skills to become a future lifeguard.

Days:        Monday - Thursday (2 week sessions)
Times:      See Brochure page 27
Location: McMurtrey Aquatic Center and Silver Creek (Session 4 only)
Ages:        12 – 15 years of age

Summer Session Dates:
                  Session 1:  6/9-6/19
                  Session 2:  6/23 – 7/3
                  Session 3:  7/14 – 7/24
                  Session 4:  7/28 – 8/7
                  Cost: $50 for residents for 8 lessons
      $60 for residents for 8 lessons

                                                                                                       
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Kayaking Classes

14 years & up. This is a fun class to introduce you to a great water sport. You will learn about kayak features and selection, paddling strokes, safety, and equipment. Sign up today!