Goliad swimming pool offers lessons throughout the summer

Danielle Garza rolls over into the water during training for the Goliad Guard Start program.

Swim lessons at the Goliad swimming pool teach children water safety and prepare them to be lifeguards.

Swim lessons are offered for $50 a week for a 45-minute lesson for ages 2 through adult at the pool in Goliad. This is the seventh year International Power has provided scholarships for free lessons for up to 125 students in the second- and fourth-grades.

Brenda Whitfield, a water safety instructor with the Red Cross for about 30 years, teaches an average of 60 students a week during the four weeks of lessons offered during the summer.

The pool also offers the Red Cross program, Guard Start, which is a junior life saving program for 11- to 15-year-old students, giving them an introduction to being a life guard.

"There is a life guard shortage every year," Whitfield said. "This helps our community because it helps children want to grow up to be lifeguards."

Whitfield also trains other swimming instructors.

"I think it's a very pro-active thing we do for our community to promote safety."