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Cigna HealthCare of Arizona and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s Aquatic Section are offering free water safety education programs for children ages 17 and younger and discounted water aerobics classes for seniors.
Sign-ups for five of the Cigna Summer programs are now open. Programs that require sign-ups include:
Cub Club – Children ages 7 to 10 learn basic water safety skills from a lifeguard mentor, including assisting in a water emergency, when to call 911 and basic swimming instructions. Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Cub Club is available at all 29 pools.
Discovery Guards – Children between the ages of 11 and 13 will experience teamwork and cooperation while learning basic first aid, rescue breathing and safety around water, with a certified lifeguard. Boating and personal flotation device skills will also be taught using a boat. Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Discovery Guards is available at all 29 pools.
Junior Lifeguard Training – Teens between the ages of 14 and 15 will learn lifeguarding techniques, first aid and will be trained in CPR. Leadership and responsibility are emphasized, as well as community contribution with volunteer hours at the pool. Successful completion of the Junior Lifeguard program reduces the cost of Lifeguard Training. Participants meet three to four times a week for six weeks.Junior Lifeguard Training is available at all 29 City of Phoenix pools.
Lifeguard Academy – This program is for teens ages 15 years to 17 who have participated in a previous Cigna Summer program. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will obtain all necessary certifications to become a lifeguard. Lifeguard Academy is available at all 29 pools.
Water Aerobics – Water aerobics classes are available at a discount to seniors ages 50 and older. Class sizes are limited and available at 12 City of Phoenix pools.
Two additional Cigna Summer programs available this summer that do not require registration include:
Fiesta del Agua – The entire family is invited to attend the Cigna Summer kick-off event. Activities include: Phoenix Fire fighter’s demonstration and instruction of CPR, swimming, water safety information and demonstrations, games and prizes.
Itty Bitty Beach Party – Poolside parties for children ages six and younger and their parents include: water safety instruction information, games, dance contests, swimsuit contests, Hawaiian leis, refreshments, sunglasses and more!