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Farmington Pool School

How has this idea enhanced your club's operation, etc.?

The Farmington Country Club Pool School provides members ages 4 to 8 years old with a full facility tour, safety discussion, pool etiquette, Club rules, and the opportunity to complete our Lap Pool Swim Test. With one visit to the pool in the early season, children and parents are provided information on aquatic programs, swim team, lessons, and schedules.

How was this idea implemented, and what have been the club members' reactions?

Children are given a Star Chart and Passport and are led in small groups from station to station. At the stations, they review the check-in desk, locker rooms, shallow water, deep water, lifeguard stations, entrances and exits, and all aspects necessary to make for a fun and safe pool season. The children mark their progress through the stations by adding stamps and stickers to their passports. At the end of the final station, children can take our Lap Pool Swim Test. Successful completion of the test allows children to earn their Frog bracelet, allowing them to utilize the entire pool without a guardian within arm's length. The process for each group requires approximately 45 minutes. This program also allows for registration for swim lessons, swim team, and other FCC programs on the same day. Our Pool School gave members and their children a fun, easier, and more informative way to register for the pool season!

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Joe Krenn

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