Anthem Swim University is open for enrollment

Date Modified: Mon, 05/01/2017 - 1:27pm

As the temperatures rise and climb into triple digits, many residents seek refuge in the pool. There’s nothing quite like that initial refreshing feeling of diving into the cool water on a hot Arizona summer day.

Unfortunately, summer also sees a spike in water-related accidents and fatalities. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. It is the second leading cause of death in this category.

Learning to swim and feeling comfortable around water are some of the most important lessons any child can receive. May will welcome the return of Anthem Swim University, a program run by the Community Center. The highly decorated aquatics staff will teach students the basics of being comfortable in and around the water.

“We follow curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute,” said Desi Valdivia, Aquatics and Program Manager at the Community Center. “They help train lifeguard staffs all over the country.”

ASU offers two sessions parents can choose from: May 8-17, register by May 3 ($37), on Monday and Wednesday, for 30 minutes; or May 30-June 8, register by May 25 ($61), Tuesday through Thursday, also for 30 minutes. 

Classes are broken down into the following groups, based on skill level: 
Clown Fish (Parent-Child, 1-3 yrs.): Trust, comfort, body positions, submersion, air recovery, rollover and forward movement.
Sea Horse: Trust, submersion, body position and air recovery.
Starfish: Forward movement and direction change.
Sea Turtle: Rotary movement.
Otters: Integrated movement.
Stroke Development: Strokes, endurance and technique in the deep end of the pool.
Contact Desi Valdivia,, for more information or register online for classes.