Early Bird Swim will be offered on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM.  The lap pool will be open for laps and workouts.  There is a ONE TIME FEE of $20.00 for all participants.  You may pay the $20.00 fee the first time you come.  EARLY BIRD WILL BEGIN ON May 30, which is before school ends and it will continue through August 31.  Because we now have the 8-lane pool, we are going to go back to the original hours of 6:AM-8:AM, at least through the month of June.  At that time, we will decide whether we still need the extra 15 minutes that we have had for a few years.  If that is necessary, we will start opening at 5:45 on July 2.

Early Bird lap swimmers are people who want to swim laps on their own.  There will also be a coached masters group, beginning on June 18, on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 6:15 to 7:15, and the fee for that is $70.00 for the session from June 18 to July 31.  An August session of the coached masters group will be added if there is sufficient interest, but there will be an added fee for that.  In order to participate in the masters group, you must register with Steve McCoy (steve.mccoy@patientfirst.com).  This group fills up quickly for the June 18-July 31 session.  The masters group will have 2 coaches on deck each morning.  The prerequisite for masters is that you must be able to swim two lengths of the pool.  

REGISTRATION FOR MORNING MASTERS IS NOW FULL.  If you want to be on a waiting list, please contact Steve McCoy.  This program is open to swimmers at all levels.  Each year we have beginners who progress from just being able to swim a lap to completing multiple laps in multiple strokes, intermediate level swimmers who come for a good workout or to learn butterfly, and advanced swimmers who swam in high school or college and come for some pro tips and hard work.  We try to get one or two social gatherings on the calendar as well. 

We have four great coaches, each of whom has lifelong experience coaching, swimming, and racing.  Karen Holloway, Kelly Bitsko, Val Pate, and Laure Ray will be our coaches, with Kelly as our Head Coach.  They make our workouts fun and challenging.  We are very fortunate to have the coaches that we do.

The minimum requirement for this program is the ability to swim the length of the pool and back.   

If you want to get a head start on your outdoor morning swim routine, registration for this program will cover your Early Bird fee as well.  Anyone registered for masters may start swimming in the morning on May 30, without paying an additional $20.00.

Please send in your registration quickly – this program is likely to fill.  Registration forms are being emailed to all Kanawha members.  Be sure to check your emails from KRA General News.