STEVENS POINT – A longstanding swim program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that has enriched the lives of local children and adults will be offered again on campus. 

Classes begin Jan. 31 as part of the Stevens Point Lifelong Aquatics Supporting Health (SPLASH), formerly SNAP program.

Adults with arthritis and older adults looking for a low-impact workout to improve strength and balance are offered classes twice a week during two sessions: Jan. 31-March 18 and March 28-May 13. Each session is $70. The 45-minutes classes are for up to 12 participants.

Choose from the following adult classes:

  • Jazzy Joints – 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class focuses on range of motion and flexibility through dance and stretching-inspired movements. 
  • Aquatic Mixer – 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday; or 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class offers a mix of body strength, flexibility and cardiovascular activities using various equipment and is a great class for social individuals.
  • Balance Plus – 8 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. This class helps individuals improve or maintain their balance.
  • Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program – 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday. This class follows national Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program protocol.

Young children of all abilities accompanied by a parent or guardian can participate in weekly child/parent 30-minute classes during two sessions: Jan. 31-March 18 and March 28-May 13. Each four-week session costs $40 and is limited to 10 children. Children gain an initial positive water experience, learn safety skills in and around water and have fun.

Choose from the following child/parent classes:

  • Infant/toddler (9-36 months) – 5:30 p.m. Monday or Thursday. Infants and parents will be exposed to water adjustment activities, introduced to appropriate water safety skills and learn supported movements.  
  • Preschool (3-4 years) – 6:10 p.m. Monday or Thursday. Learn independent propulsive swimming movements, participate in advanced water adjustment activities, learn water safety skills and practice combined skills for basic swimming strokes in preparation for Level 1 swimming progression.

All classes are held in the therapeutic pool, adjacent to the Quandt Fieldhouse in the UW-Stevens Point Marshfield Clinic Health System Champions Hall, 2050 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point.

Early registration is advised, as program space is limited. For online registration and more information, go to www.uwsp.edu/splash, call 715-346-2409 or email splash@uwsp.edu.