Broken Arrow’s Family Aquatic Center cancelled its swim lessons for the summer because of the lack of swim instructors. Other local swim school facilities in Green Country are stepping in to help.
“People are really realizing that they need to have their children have swim lessons and they won't let that go,” said Miller Swim School CEOO, Gina Miller-Kinnison.
Kinnison’s family has owned Miller Swim School for 52 years and recently expanded by asking to use pools in other communities like at Broken Arrow’s Golf and Athletic Club. They asked to teach lessons there back in February and are now thrilled they did because they can help families in that area learn how to swim.
“It’s like it was meant to be,” said Kinnison.
One of Kinnison’s customers, Deena VanDeLinder has been taking her two young children for the last few months and was bothered to hear Broken Arrow had to cancel lessons but relieved to hear Miller’s School could help.
“You never know when they are going to be in a situation where they are going to know those skills, and it gives me a little peace of mind,” said VanDeLinder.
Over Memorial Day weekend, her friend’s 21-month-year-old niece drowned in her friend’s home pool.
“The hurt and the anger and the confusion about why something like that has to happen,” said VanDeLinder.
She is determined to never avoid a drowning with her children and wants to see the classes fill up fast at all the pools Miller is teaching at.
Those pools include Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Jenks. Miller Swim School is located at 61st and Mingo in Tulsa.