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Phoenix Partners with Cigna to Offer Free Water Safety EducationPhoenix Partners with Cigna to Offer Free Water Safety Education<div class="ExternalClass1273355C37CE48AABB232F8D1CBFC0C7"><p>​For the 27th year, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Cigna Healthcare of Arizona will partner during summer 2019 to provide free water safety education programs for children ages 17 and younger and discounted water aerobics classes for seniors.</p><p>Registration for the Cigna Summer programs opens on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. <a href="/parks/pools">Register by visiting the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Aquatics page</a>. </p><p>Cigna Summer programs include:</p><ul><li><div>Cub Club (ages seven to 10)</div></li><li><div>Discovery Guards (ages 11 to 13)</div></li><li><div>Junior Lifeguard Training (ages 14 and 15)</div></li><li><div>Lifeguard Academy (ages 15 to 17)</div></li><li><div>Discounted Water Aerobics (ages 50 and older)</div></li></ul><p><strong>Cub Club</strong> – Youth ages seven to 10 learn basic water safety skills from a lifeguard mentor, including assisting in a water emergency, when to call 911 and basic swimming instructions. Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Cub Club is available at all 29 of Phoenix's public pools. The program starts the week of June 10 and concludes at the Cub Club/Discovery Guard Olympics on Friday, July 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Encanto Pool.</p><p><strong>Discovery Guards</strong> – Youth between the ages of 11 and 13 will experience teamwork and cooperation while learning basic first aid, rescue breathing and safety around water, with a certified lifeguard. Boating and personal flotation device skills will also be taught using a boat. Participants meet twice a week for five weeks. Discovery Guards is available at all 29 of Phoenix's public pools. The program starts the week of June 10 and concludes at the Cub Club/Discovery Guard Olympics on Friday, July 12 from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Encanto Pool.</p><p><strong>Junior Lifeguard Training</strong> – Youth ages 14 and 15 will learn lifeguarding techniques, first aid and will be trained in CPR. Leadership and responsibility are emphasized, as well as community contribution with volunteer hours at the pool. Successful completion of the Junior Lifeguard program reduces the cost of Lifeguard Training. Participants meet three to four times a week for six weeks. Junior Lifeguard Training is available at all 29 of Phoenix's public pools. The program starts the week of June 10 and concludes at the Junior Lifeguard Olympics on Friday, July 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Encanto Pool. </p><p><strong>Lifeguard Academy</strong> – This program is for youth ages 15 to 17 who have participated in a previous Cigna Summer program. Upon successful completion of the class, participants will obtain all necessary certifications to become a lifeguard. Lifeguard Academy is available at all 29 of Phoenix's public pools. The program is on June 12, 15, 22 and 23.</p><p><strong>Water Aerobics</strong> – Water aerobics classes are available at a discount to adults ages 50 and older. The discounted cost is $5 for a 35-minute class (full price is $15) and $7.50 for a 60-minute class (full price is $22.50). There are four sessions available throughout the summer beginning on June 3 and each class is two weeks long. Class sizes are limited and available at 12 of Phoenix's public pools.</p><p>Cigna Summer programming in 2019 also includes a schedule of free community events, which do not require registration.</p><p><strong>Fiesta del Agua</strong><br>Saturday, June 1; 2 to 5 p.m.<br>Maryvale Pool, 4444 N. 51st Ave.</p><p>​Families are invited to attend this Cigna Summer kick-off event. Activities include Phoenix Fire Department’s demonstration of a mock drowning response and CPR instruction, swimming, water safety information and demonstrations, games and prizes.</p><p><strong>Itty Bitty Beach Party</strong><br>These Hawaiian-themed poolside parties, held on Fridays during June, are designed for youth age six and under, and include water safety instruction information for children, parents and caretakers, along with games, contests, Hawaiian leis and sunglasses, refreshments and a chance to take a picture with Phoenix Aquatics mascot Buddy Bear. Find one in your neighborhood.</p><p><strong>Friday, June 7</strong>; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.<br>Paradise Valley Pool, 17648 N. 40th St.</p><p><strong>Friday, June 14</strong>; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.<br>Deer Valley Pool, 19400 N. 19th Ave. </p><p><strong>Friday, June 21</strong>; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.<strong><br></strong>Pecos Pool, 17010 S. 48th St.</p><p><strong>Friday, June 28</strong>; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.<br>University Pool, 1102 W. Van Buren St.</p><p>Registration for swimming lessons and other aquatics programs at Phoenix's 29 public pools also opens on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. <a href="/parks/pools">Register by visiting the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Aquatics page</a>. </p></div>4/18/2019 8:30:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department, Aquatics Section602-534-6587