There’s been a nip in the air recently, but summer still has a long way to go.
The Millheim Pool is hosting a series of activities that will teach kids diving skills.
The Professional Association of Diving Instructors Seal Team program will be held in the evenings on Wednesday and Aug. 13 and 14 for kids ages 8 to 14, said instructor Jim Turner.
Turner, of Sunken Treasure Scuba Center, has been a certified diver since 2000 and began teaching children’s classes at the Millheim community pool three years ago.
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Turner said he will introduce the class to the fundamentals of diving. This will help prepare them for adult classes, he said.
So far, there are four kids signed up.
“I teach them skills in a way that won’t seem like too much work for them,” he said. “I take the skill and turn it into a game.”
The class also includes safety skills. And for every milestone the child achieves, a reward is given.
“It’s very interactive and fun,” Turner said. “I like to teach it in a way that’s fun and reward them for good work. ... ”
One activity is the “gold coin game.”
The objective is to collect $1 gold coins at the bottom of the pool by hovering your body around the water without dropping it vertically. The children get to keep the gold dollars they collect appropriately.
The pool is open noon to 7 p.m. daily through Labor Day. Admission is $5 for a day pass or a $2.50 fee after 5 p.m., said pool manager Jane Markle.
She said that this year, the pool hasn’t attracted the crowd it usually gets due to “rain and cooler weather.”
The pool was built by volunteers in 1970 at Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Park. The five-acre park is owned by the Millheim Lions Club and maintained by the Penns Valley Park and Recreation Association, according to information from the website.
The park includes the public pool, four pavilions, playground equipment, a basketball court, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court. The pool is a six-lane, 25-yard pool with an attached diving well, and bathhouses with showers and concessions.
For more information or to register for the children’s diving class, contact the pool at 349-5905.