Calhoun Aquatic Center pool

The Calhoun Aquatic Center features a 25-yard, eight-lane pool with two Dura-Flex diving boards. (Alex Farrer, CalhounTimes.com)

The Calhoun Aquatic Center is gearing up for a busy summer as they will offer programs for all ages, interests and skill levels.

From swimming lessons to fitness classes to competitive swimming and diving to pool rentals for parties and more, the Aquatic Center has a little bit of everything according to new director Charles Todd. Todd, who has served as the coach at Dalton High and in many other capacities in the area in the past several years and took over as Calhoun Aquatic Center Director in February, said there’s a little bit of everything being offered at the facility.

“There’s a lot happening here, and we’re just trying to channel it into the water and allow people to use and enjoy this beautiful facility,” said Todd. “It’s something a lot of other towns around northwest Georgia are envious of. It’s a very nice complex, and I’m very excited to be here.

One of the big programs which will be ongoing throughout the Summer and continuing into the Fall is SwimAmerica swim lessons. SwimAmerica is a national learn to swim program operated by the American Swimming Coaches Association, teaching new swimmers to enjoy swimming thorugh great techniques.

Lessons are available to all ages and even include a class for parents and toddlers together. There are five separate six-class sessions offered during the summer and the thirty-minute classes are available throughout the day at different times. The annual registration fee per family is $25 and cost per session is $75 with discounts offered for multiple sessions and/or multiple children. Classes are limited to a ratio of five swimmers to one teacher and class size is limited, meaning pre-registration is required. For the full schedule, more information or to register, visit www.CalhounAquaticCenter.com.

“We do all ages for lessons, and it’s my belief that every kid and even adults should learn how to swim,” said Todd. “At some point in your life, you’re going to be in a situation involving water so everyone should know how to swim. It’s tragic any time someone drowns, and our goal is to see a zero drown rate around here.

“The SwimAmerica lessons are a great program that run for two weeks at a time, we’ll have them throughout the summer and ongoing after that at all different times throughout the day.”

The Northwest Georgia Nitros also call the Aquatic Center home. The Nitros is a year-round USA Swimming and US Masters Swimming team offering professional instruction for all levels, ages and abilities. From our lesson program to our competitive teams, the goal is to provide every member an opportunity to properly develop, improve swimming skills, and achieve personal success.

The Nitros will begin a competitive diving program this summer, starting June 5, that will be led by head diving coach at the McCallie School, Phil Lesselroth. All levels and abilitys are welcome to join from ages four and up as the team will compete in USA and AAU Diving. The registration fee for the program is $50 with a monthly fee of $75. Practices will be held on Sundays from 4:30-5:45 p.m.

The Aquatic Center also offers fitness and wellness classes, including liquid fitness, stretch and flex, water works, shallow/deep water, aquacize, senior aquacize and water arthritis.

There is also a fitness room with adaptive motion trainers, total body elliptical, upright and recumbent bikes, scifit recumbent stepper, rowers and weight training equipment.

The Center also offers lifeguard certification through their partnership with the Calhoun Recreation Department with information for upcoming classes to be determined in the near future. Scuba Certification began in March and went through May with more courses planned for the future.

Memberships for the Aquatic Center are for individuals who want to swim and/or exercise in the pool. The Aquatic Center offers membership packages with three payment options: Annual, Quarterly, and Monthly. In addition to the payment options, members can select from pool and aquatic classes membership or pool plus the fitness room plus aquatic classes. The Center offers fitness room only individual memberships as well.

The facility is also available for rentals for special events and parties. Todd said they will also host dive-in movie nights at the Center in the coming months where families or anyone interested can come and enjoy the pool and watch a movie for $5.

“We’re just trying to grow and develop the whole program here,” said Todd. “Many people in Calhoun do not know what they have with this beautiful facility, and they should come see it and find out for themselves how great it is.”

For more information on the Calhoun Aquatic Center and the programs and services offered, visit their web site at www.CalhounAquaticCenter.com.