Kathi Thomas-Thomas, Education, (515) 294-8677
Cathy Curtis, Education, (515) 294-8175
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986


AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Education will host a six-week, 12-lesson infant and toddler (younger than the age of two) swim program from April 3 to May 10 in the swimming pool of the Barbara E. Forker Building. Registrations are due March 31.

The program is open only to residents of Ames and nearby communities due to limited enrollment. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday beginning at 5:15 p.m. The cost is $60 for new students and $30 for returning students.

Parents and children will attend sessions together to develop a routine that helps the young people to become comfortable in water, said Kathi Thomas-Thomas, associate professor of health and human performance. Parents also will learn techniques to improve children’s safety around water.

Children will learn activities such as moving between two people, how to properly hold their breath and how to turn underwater, said Thomas-Thomas. Children who wear diapers must wear swimmies or similar "made for the water diaper/pants. Infants may bring a waterproof toy that floats. All participants should bring large, absorbent towels.

Thomas-Thomas has taught children swimming for 30-years. She also is author of the infant swimming guide used by more than 2,000 YMCAs nationwide. She is a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association and she works with the association’s Learn To Swim program.

To pick-up application materials, call Kathi Thomas-Thomas at (515) 294-8677, or visit the department of health and human performance’s main office, Room 235, Forker Building.

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