By Alicia Dziak

As the temps continue to rise, it’s time for trips to the beach, pool, creek or nearest swimming hole. It’s also time to work on those swimming skills! If you live in Springville or the surrounding communities, there are some great options when it comes to learning and developing this important skill.

SYI offers swimming lessons for many different ages and abilities at the community pool on Buffalo Street, July 10 through Aug. 17. Register at

Early Bird provides lessons at a privately- licensed in-ground pool, and has been teaching swim lessons since 1980 at their Rt. 39 location. They offer six weeks of lessons, two or three days per week. Lesson times are still available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. for kids ages 2 1/2 (and fully potty trained) to 12. To sign up, call 592-2403.

Take the short drive to Sardinia’s community pool for lessons. Signups are going on at the pool through July 7, 1 to 8 p.m. daily. For more info, call (716)783-6804.

If you’ve ever been to Holiday Valley’s pool complex, you know it’s a great place to enjoy the scenery, take your pick of a diving board, waterslide, lap pool and a variety of poolside activities. It’s also a great place to take lessons.

Beginner and Intermediate Swimming Lessons are offered for ages 3 and up from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following days: July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and Aug. 1, 3, 8, 10. Cost is $50 per program. Register at

A Baby and Me Swim Class, for ages 6 months to 2 years is also offered from 5 to 6 p.m. on July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 and Aug. 2, 7, 9, also at $50 per program. Call (716) 699-2345 for a registration form or more information

Dozens of state parks across New York will offer Learn to Swim programs at our lakes and pools. Included in this is Allegany State Park, offering lessons at Quaker Lake beach. Two sessions will be offered: Session 1 running Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 20, and Session 2 running Monday, July 24 through Thursday, Aug. 3. All lessons run 11:15 a.m. to noon. Reserve your spot now– these programs fill up fast! For registration and more information please call Latisha White at (716) 354-2182.