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Written by Mike Terry   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:09

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Learning how to swim is one of the many activities people do during the hot summer months.

The thermometer is shooting up, up, up, the days are long and the nights are warm. Parties, picnics, barbecues, ballgames, concerts, camps…and of course the swimming pool.

It can only mean one thing — Summer is here. Time for bathing suits, hiking shorts, linen whites and gobs of sunscreen. You can lounge around and feel the heat, or get involved in the cornucopia of activities you can find at recreation parks for kids and adults.

Recreational swimming is typically one of the busiest activities in summer time; according to U.S. Census Bureau it is the fourth most popular sports activity in the United States. And hundreds, if not thousands, of kids and adults will be flocking to community pools to during the next couple of months to cool off.

But it can also be dangerous for those who don’t know how to swim. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in five people who die from drowning are ages 14 or younger. And for every child who dies from drowning, another five require emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.

There are no shortage of favored water spots in San Fernando and other Valley locations.

In San Fernando, the Regional Pool Facility offers times for general public swimming for $2 per person and those who seek private or semi-private lessons at higher fees.

The pools at the Sylmar Recreation Center and Ritchie Valens Recreation Center are both part of the Los Angeles City Department of Recreations and Parks, and have a different fee scale.

Those looking for activities on dry land will also find plenty of choices.

Most parks and recreational centers offer weekly day camps. Some camps are already in operation, but because fees are paid often paid on a weekly basis parents can pick and choose the weeks the kids are able to attend.

If day camps are a bit too broad, there are individualized activities to consider. For instance, several San Fernando city parks like Las Palmas and Rudy Ortega (Heritage) offer Ballet Folklorico, Aztec Dance,and karate during the summer and year round. The Sylmar Recreation Center is offering classical ballet instruction for youths, beginning at age 3.

But don’t let the kids have all the fun. Recreation Park and Las Palmas Park both offer free adult and senior classes in fitness, cycling, body sculpting, aerobics, yoga and Zumba dance.

The Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley also has activities to keep young minds active and young bodies off the couch in front of the television.

There are two day camp sessions: the first began June 9 and ends July 3 and the second is from July 7 through Aug. 8. Each camp session runs for five weeks.

For those interested in furthering their education, the club offers a free summer enrichment academy for grades K-8 that begins July 1 and runs for five weeks.

For more information regarding activities at the Richie Valens and Sylmar recreational centers, visit For more information regarding activities in San Fernando, visit For more information regarding the activities at the Boys & Girls Club, call (818) 896-5261.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20