Gracyn McNiell works on her swimming stroke with the assistance of instructor Kendra Welch.

Swimming lessons were so popular in Houston that for the first time, the city is offering a second round of courses.

More than 100 children participated in last week’s lessons at the city pool under the direction of instructors Maygen Ward and Kendra Welch. The response was so positive that Parks and Recreation Director Jim Root suggested that another week of instruction be held.

The next week of lessons is Aug. 2-6. Cost is $20 per swimmer or $18 for additional swimmers in the family.

There are four levels of swimming lessons:

–Level 1 (5:30-6:30 p.m.): For swimmers who are uncomfortable in water and do not put their face in.

–Level 2 (6:30-7:30 p.m.): Those who are comfortable in water and will put their face in.

–Level 3 (7:30-8:30 p.m.): Swimmers who are beginning to float and hold their breath under water. They must be able to stand in the shallow end of the big pool.

–Swim team prep (5:30-6:30 p.m.): Designed for swimmers interested in competitive strokes and being prepared for Houston’s summer swim team.

Participants are asked to call 417-967-2273 to sign up in advance. They may also arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes prior to swim time.

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