GASD swim program offers options

By MICHAEL KELLY

Recorder Sports Staff

The goals for the programs underway at the Lynch Literacy Academy swimming pool are fairly simple.

"We want to help out our school's swim programs, but also our community," said Tim Jones, the Greater Amsterdam School District's aquatics director. "The more you do something -- the more you know of something -- the better you can get."

Each Tuesday and Thursday night through Dec. 20, the recently renovated swim facilities at Lynch play host to swim lessons, a water aerobics class and an open swim session.

Admittance to the GASD Community Swim Program's different offerings is accessible, too. It is $5 to take part in a swimming lesson -- those under 21 years of age need an adult accompanying them -- which runs from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the cost is the same to participate in a water aerobics session, which runs from 6 to 7 p.m.

The best deal, though, is probably the open swim offering. From 7 to 8:20 p.m., a student or senior may take to the water at Lynch for $2; adults for $3; and a family of up to six people may use the facility for $5.

"That's a pretty good deal," said Jones, referring to the family pricing. "How many times do you get a chance to be active, as a family, for five bucks?"

In his fifth year as the district's aquatics director, Jones said the school's swimming programs are not new, but that he wanted to make sure people in the community knew about their presence, especially given Lynch's recently bettered appearance. Included in the swimming pool's recent renovations was a new scoreboard and lighting, the latter of which makes the swimming area a more inviting place than in the past.

"We'd like for our community to start taking better advantage of these opportunities," Jones said.

Swim clinics are planned for the future, as are other programs -- like kayaking lessons -- for once the calendar turns to 2013.

"We're going to be bringing some different things in here, which is pretty exciting," Jones said.