Dozens of young swimmers are participating in this year’s Fort
Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation summer swim camps to learn more about water safety, basic diving skills and stroke development.
The camp, designed for children who can already swim, is a four-day swim clinic that offers lessons with experienced instructors.
These instructors, who are water safety instructor certified through the American Red Cross, are also lifeguard certified and are committed to providing young swimmers with the best coaching possible.
“I love working with these kids. My favorite part is when I can see that something just clicks for them and they get it. It’s really rewarding. I just want them to love and enjoy swimming as much as I do,” said Elise Wolff, instructor, Fort Bragg Aquatics.
As Wolff ’s students make their way to the other end of the pool, she coaches them carefully and patiently, encouraging them to use proper form. She pays careful attention to each swimmer and offers instruction according to their individual needs.
“Our amazing water safety instructors come together to provide a four-day camp with a variety of activities that promote safety, improve stroke technique and basic diving skills. The camp differs from the learn-to-swim program in that it works on the fundamentals of swimming through a combination of ‘wet’ and ‘dry-land’ activities,” said Sara Sweatman, aquatics director, Fort Bragg Aquatics. This program, however, is only one of many aquatic programs offered on Fort Bragg.
In addition to swimming lessons and summer swim camps, Fort Bragg also has a swim team, the “Fighting Fish,”
and a masters program.
The Fighting Fish is a competitive team that focuses on swimming fundamentals for ages five to 17. The masters program, geared towards adults who want to swim competitively, is open to ages 18 and up.
It seems Fort Bragg Aquatics may have something for everyone. But, for young swimmers who are discovering swimming, it starts with fundamentals.
“I think this swim camp is a great way for kids to explore swimming and decide if it is something they want to continue with. Some of my students have even gone on to join the swim team, but at the very least, it is a great introduction
to MWR Aquatics
programs,” said Wolff.
For more information about Fort Bragg aquatics, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com/ aquatics.
Fort Bragg pools, Smith Lake
Open to all Department of Defense identification cardholders and guests
Until Sept. 2, aquatics prices will vary by rank, active-duty or civilian status as follows:
Active-duty and Department of Defense civilian ID cardholders, ages 4 and up will cost $3 per person
DoD guests (when accompanied by an ID cardholder) will cost $5 per person
Summer season pass for single Soldiers, privates to sergeants will cost $35; staff sergeants and above will cost $50; and DoD ID cardholders will cost $60
Family summer season passes will cost $70 for privates to sergeants; $100 for staff sergeants and above; and $120 for DoD ID cardholders
Cost of a monthly pass is $15 for single Soldiers and $30 for Families
Smith Lake civilians/ guests will pay $7 per person
Youth Swim Team is $120 to $285 with $125 annual registration for a three-month pass
Swim lessons per session (eight classes) will be $50 per person
Water aerobics will cost $25 per person monthly
Payments accepted for water aerobics and swim team at Atchley Outdoor Pool, Mondays to Fridays (Building C-5040, Bastogne and Tullidge Way). Payments must be made with exact cash or by check.
Passes can be purchased with cash at all pools and at Smith Lake, Building Q-2812, Smith Lake Road).
Pass purchases by credit card must be made at Leisure Travel Services (located at the Mini Mall).
Masters Swim Team:
Placements for groups are held every Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Atchley Outdoor Pool. Open to youth ages 5 to 17.
Some Fort Bragg pools are currently closed. For more information, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com or call 396-1217.