Swim School History
Swimming has always been a part of our Yacht Club activities. Swim activities and lessons were taught off the beach or from the dock. During the 1960s Stocky Holly was in charge of the swimming program. She had a large plastic tarp put on the bottom of the lake for the summer to provide a place to teach swimming. This helped keep the weeds down for lessons. The tarp was not successful so the Board authorized the building of our own pool in 1964. Past Commodore Fred Fishel was instrumental in raising the funds through bonds sold to club members.
For years children of members were lifeguards and taught lessons. Dolly Morton who had taught swimming both at the Yacht Club and at Sylvan Beach earlier provided the Red Cross Certification. In 1967 we hired Jim “Red” Heeres to teach swimming. Jim continued every summer for over 30 years as head of our swim school. His program provided our life guards and Red Cross certification for those who completed the courses. He built an exemplary program during his tenure and that traditions continues to this day.
WLYC offers classes from water babies through advanced swimmer. Basic water safety and life guard certification as well as classes are offered as there is interest. Many of our life guards and instructors have received their instruction at WLYC. Our instructors are highly qualified, all having Red Cross instructor certification, first aid, CPR and other advanced certification.
Classes typically begin in June with a new session beginning every two weeks. Graduation is at at the end of each session where students are provided with certificates of participation and if they successfully passed a level a Red Cross card is issued. Our classes are very popular and almost every session is always filled. We are very pleased to be able to offer the excellent level of swimming instruction to our members.