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Dive in to summer at Turlock pools
Kids in the City of Turlock junior lifeguard course learn basic aquatic safety skills. - photo by Nancy Angel

As the school year ends and summer plans are being made, it’s time to get the kids outside and play. Swimming lessons can be a great way to get the kids exercising while helping them be safer in the water.
The City of Turlock Recreation Division offers a large field of summer fun opportunities for youth in the community — especially those looking to be cool and stay cool.
If you’re looking for a cool place during hot summer days Turlock has numerous options ranging from aquatic playgrounds at Columbia Park and Broadway to open swim at Turlock High, Pitman High and Columbia Park. Fees are reasonable — $2 for adults and $1 for youth 4 to 17. Kids three and under are free.
“Swimming lessons are a great opportunity to help your child learn to swim,” said City of Turlock Pool Manager Haley Fagundes. “Your child will become more comfortable and confident around water. It is also a great way to exercise and keep the heart pumping all summer.”
Swim lessons are currently available and will run until Aug. 15. Age groups range from 6 months to adult classes. All ages are welcomed.
“You can register online, through the phone, or at the recreation office,” said Fagundes. “The sessions are two weeks long, from Monday through Thursday, and run for 30 minutes. Register as soon as possible because classes fill up quickly.”
Swim lessons are available at various locations and times. The City of Turlock operates an online search tool at Just click on the aquatics graphic followed by “swimming lessons.”
Also this summer, The City of Turlock is offering water polo classes for children ranging from eight years old to high school seniors. Fees range from $66 to $100.
For teens looking to learn the ropes in aquatic safety the city is offering classes in two levels of junior lifeguard training. Each class is two weeks long and the fees are $76.
For more information on classes, dates, times and locations visit
— NANCY ANGEL / The 209