La Feria Aquatic Center helping many learn to swim

LA FERIA — Indira Cantu’s boys were terrified at the thought of hopping off the diving board and into the deep end of the pool.

But after a few lessons at the La Feria Aquatic Center, Cantu says her 10 and 12-year-olds are swimming like fish and now enjoy jumping into the deep end.

“I think swimming lessons is a great way to keep my boys active, and this is a great program,” Cantu said. “With all the drownings, it’s important for the kids to learn how to swim.”

She said in the past her boys could only glide in the water using a floating board.

“Now they can swim and are more confident,” Cantu said while she watched her two boys practice swimming.

“We start training as little as six months to adults,” said Jessette Aleman, La Feria aquatics director.

The children learn kicking, gliding, bubbles and in the upper levels of the swim program learn how to refine their swim stroke.

“We teach swimmers basic safety,” Aleman said. “We try our best to teach them swimming.”

The swimming program in La Feria started 23 years ago.

It is very popular as it draws kids from Mercedes, San Benito, Rio Hondo and Harlingen who take swimming lessons and also enjoy open swimming.

Aleman said the swim lessons are still open to the public for those interested in learning how to swim.

“If you are interested in lap swimming we will accommodate you,” Aleman said. “And we do adaptive aquatics as well for people with special needs.”

The aquatics center will offer two more swimming sessions during the summer.

It is located at 701 South Main Street.

“You will never find this pool empty in the summer,” said Janie Martinez, another pool mom enjoying the morning watching her child learn to swim. “The program is absolutely amazing.”