Nonprofits chip in to help pay for Merced swimming lessons

June 30, 2013 

— Donations from some nonprofit groups are subsidizing swimming and water safety classes at Merced High School and McNamara Park.

For $10, children up to age 12 can take part in the lessons, which run through July.

Morning lessons are being offered at McNamara Pool and afternoon and evening sessions are available at the Merced High School pool.

The reduced-price swim lessons are made possible by a donation from the Swim 4 Jaylin Scholarship Fund through United Way of Merced County and funding from First 5 of Merced County, city officials said in a news release.

The first session runs July 8-18 followed by a second, July 22-Aug. 1.

Classes offered are: Parent & Me, ages 6 months to 3 years; Tiny Tots 1, ages 3-5 years; Tiny Tots 2, ages 4-6 years; Beginner Prep, ages 7-10 years; and Stroke Technique, ages 8-12 years.

Lessons at McNamara pool, 1040 Canal St., will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lessons at the Merced High pool, 205 W. Olive Ave, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sign up for swim lessons by visiting the Parks and Recreation Office on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. More information and a paper sign up form is available at, and are available on the city's Facebook page, The Streets of Merced. Online sign up is available at https:// Sign up can be taken over the phone, (209) 385-6855, but because of a limited amount of operators, the line may be busy.

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