Swimming lessons offered on lakes
By Darren Lum
June 7, 2016
Pine Lake stretches across the horizon behind Haliburton’s newest certified swimming instructor, Paiten Smolen.
Smolen will not only be teaching at Pine Lake, but also at Eagle Lake this summer to a wide range of ages, from babies (with parents) to adults.
These are the beautiful backdrops for the summer learning opportunity offered by Dysart et al.
The Grade 12 Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School student is looking forward to being able to work outdoors this summer unlike other years when she was stuck inside working.
“I really like this because I’m going to be in the water every day and with kids and that is something I really like to do,” she said.
Smolen, the eldest of four, enjoys teaching and is entering her second year as a tap instructor at the Heritage Ballet Studio.
She lives in Haliburton with her family and attended Stuart Baker Elementary School, J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School and, until recently, Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. She has been a part-time swim instructor since Grade 10 at the pool in Bracebridge.
Although Smolen didn’t receive her formal training on a lake, she sees the benefit of learning how to swim on a lake when compared to in a pool.
“Once you learn how to swim on open water, I think swimming in a pool is not as scary. So I think it’s good to introduce kids to big water swimming.”
Smolen grew up on Grass Lake and said with the lessons comes additional education.
“Not only do we teach them skills, we teach them water safety as well. If they were to fall out of a boat and they had no lifejacket on, what would they do? We teach them how to do floats in case they go too deep and they can get on their backs and keep their faces out of the water and it is really just to make sure if they are put in the situation that they can help themselves out,” she said.
There are four sessions available from July 4 until Aug. 26. Each session is from Monday to Thursday.
The last Friday of each session is reserved as a make-up day in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather. There are nine classes available per session.
Cost per person is $80 per session. Space is limited. Check with the township or see its website (www.dysartetal.ca/uncategorized/swimming-lessons/)for details and how to register.