Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Through a partnership with the Crescent City and Del Norte County, the Fred Endert Municipal Pool is currently hosting its first Swim Camp and kids are having a blast.

Crescent City Manager Eric Wier came to the Board of Supervisors last month to thank the county for participating. He said the city is considering holding more camps soon and since the 60 allocated spots sold out in about 24 hours, he was optimistic the program will continue.

Supervisor Chair Chris Howard said since the city is surrounded by water, the importance of water safety training programs cannot be overstated.

At about an hour into the first day Wednesday, Pool Director Matt Hildebrant said the camp was going great as students got their first taste of kayaking with instructor Rhyn Noll. At the same time, another segment of the group was learning a “Reach, Throw, Don’t Go” exercise and another group was at the Cultural Center engaged in dry land activities. On Thursday, kids are scheduled to learn paddle boarding and more water safety skills.

“I’ve been trying to get this program off ground for four years,” said Hildebrant. “We’re an hour into it and the kids are having a great time and I’d expect we’re going to continue to offer the camp.”

Del Norte County Recreation Director Kelsey Bozeman said while the county does not yet have another camp scheduled, interested people may call 707-464-7237 with questions or to join the waiting list. Bozeman noted the program is paid for by the California Endowment and Building Healthy Communities.