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Press photos by Wendy KennedySarah Hosking works with young swimmer Evan Thompson. Press photos by Wendy KennedySarah Hosking works with young swimmer Evan Thompson.
Kid swimmer Jack Kennedy works with swimmer Brendan Wert learning the backstroke. Kid swimmer Jack Kennedy works with swimmer Brendan Wert learning the backstroke.

Kid swimmers share their skills in pool

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

Each summer, hundreds of children learn a very important - potentially lifesaving - skill, the ability to swim.

This year, several of the most senior swimmers from Northampton’s Kids Swim Club are doing their part to help Northampton kids learn this valuable skill by hosting swim lessons.

While the younger members of the Kids Swim Club practice on one side of the pool, the more tenured swimmers, some of which have as many 12 years of competitive swim experience, share their love of the sport and their expertise in the pool with future swimmers as young as 3-years-old.

“It so important for kids to learn to swim, especially at this time of year,” explains Autumn Kidulic, assistant coach of the Kids Swim Club and Program Director of the Learn to Swim Program.

Students do not need any prior swim experience, in fact, the entry level class focuses only on getting children comfortable in the water and preparing them to move to higher level classes.

Kidulic goes on to explain the lessons not only teach a valuable skill, but also serve as a feeder program for the club.

“Once kids learn that they love to swim, they don’t want to stop,” explained Kidulic.

Smaller class sizes enable the K-Kid teachers to give swim students the personal attention they need to really develop as swimmers.

“He loves it,” explains Erica Thompson, whose son participated in the Northampton lessons. “I think the greatest improvement I’ve seen in him is just getting in and feeling comfortable in the water.”

Megan Wert, the mother of another Northampton swim student, agrees wholeheartedly and adds that her son, “loves that the classes are taught by the kids.”

Currently, four of the tenured Kids Swim Club swimmers are teaching lessons with additional teachers being added after school finishes for the summer next week. Watching them in the pool, it seems that the teachers are getting as much from the lessons as their students.

“I love to see how excited the kids get when they are able to do something,” explained swim teacher Morgan Thomas with a smile as she told the story of one of her student’s recent accomplishments.

Swim teacher Jack Kennedy agrees.

“It’s great to see them grow and be able to see progress in their swimming,” he said.

The Kids Swim Club currently offers four levels of lessons from water adjustment through advanced. Programs run for four consecutive days now through the week of July 23.

For more information contact Autumn Kidulic at autumnkidulic@gmail.com.