Swimming lessons in Strathmore appear to be in high demand, as lesson registration opened this morning and immediately many already found themselves on a wait list.

The Town of Strathmore's Manager of Recreation and  Culture Budd Brazier explained they normally expect a quick registration, but this year was much faster than usual.

"Typically, certain levels fill up quickly, especially the lower levels. With the absence of the usual Fall swimming lesson session, due to the unexpected pool mechanical issues, I’m assuming parents were ready to get their children enrolled," he said.

600 registrations were successfully processed this morning; along with all those students 1900 more will participate in swimming lessons through school programs.

"At this time, classes are filling up by the minute.  The most popular lessons were for Parent Tot, Preschool 1-3 and Swimmer 1-4. Class sizes range from 4-10 participants, depending on the level, but the average class size is six participants. Class sizes are determined by the Lifesaving Society, as part of delivering the Swim for Life programs, we’re required to adhere to their guidelines."

If you find yourself on a waitlist, Brazier explained the Town is managing the list to potentially create additional classes by either cancelling classes that have no registrations or reviewing classes that have low registration numbers and merging them into one bigger class.

This would free up time and teachers to take on additional wait-listed students. He added lessons program times may be expanded as well, provided it does not interfere with other important services.

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