Our Laguna: Students can beat summer boredom

July 22, 2010|By Barbara Diamond
  • Hannah Konkel, 9, swims the backstroke in the advanced stroke class at Laguna Beach community pool where she stays busy this summer.
Hannah Konkel, 9, swims the backstroke in the advanced… (Don Leach, Daily…)

"No more pencils, no more books

No More Teachers' dirty looks"

It's the anthem sang by generations of school children at the end of the academic year, welcoming the long unstructured days of summer — followed shortly thereafter by, "There's nothing to do. I'm bored."

When those summer doldrums hit, savvy Laguna parents should reach for the Community Services brochure of activities.

"We have the advantage of having beach-related activities that other cities don't," said Susan Cannan, director of Community Services since 2006.

"Kids often go from one class to another. We have a lot of multi-activity kids in this town."

Summer activities are primarily outdoors, Cannan said.

One of the most popular classes is the junior guards, but participants have to register early. Something to think about next year.

The program had 480 kids registered this summer in the two sessions for ages 8 to 15.

Laguna Beach residents or those who live within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries or attend Laguna Beach schools get first crack at registration, then it opens to returning non-residents and newcomers.


"Swim classes have the most participation, but we continually try to update classes to meet the demands of the community," Cannan said. "We try to keep it diverse in terms of what we offer as well as suiting them to different age groups."

Adam Gufarotti manages the Community Pool for the city.

Children's swim classes range from Parent & Me for children from 6 months to 3 years old and a parent to Laguna Beach Swim Team for advanced swimmers from 7 to 15 years old.

A Guard Start class for 7 to 12 year olds was added this year to the Aquatics Program. New sessions of 10 classes each will start Aug. 9 and 23. Each session costs $50.

A series of eight Swim Team Prep classes for kids from 4 to 7 years old is scheduled for Aug. 2 to 25 and for swimmers 8 and older from Aug. 3 to 26, coached by the Community Pool staff. Cost for both series is $56.

Laguna Beach Swim Team participants are trained by Laguna Beach High School varsity swim Coach Karl Johnson. The cost is $88 per month, $50 for a sibling. A new series will start Aug. 2.

"We continue to strengthen our connection to the high school and work with the coaches to offer camps for high-school aged participants and youth development — a lot of them year-round," Cannan said. "That has really expanded. We have volleyball and water polo camps and, of course, tennis camps.

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