While the Santa Fe Springs center offers the largest vari ety of programs in the area, most of the surrounding public pools offer many of the same types of programs. At the George Hensel Aquatic Center in Montebello, the schedule is back to normal this summer after being sharply curtailed last year due to budget constraints, said director Mario Espinosa. In addition to events such as a “Water Follies” show on Aug. 16, Montebello is offering swim lessons, a “Mommy and Me” class, water aerobics and recreational swim hours. Biola University is also open every day for recreational swim hours and offers some private and group lessons for all ages. Palm Park Aquatic Center provides one of the few diving classes available in the area, using its 1- and 3-meter diving boards, said Dennis Cujak, community services supervisor. “We’re one of the few pools with diving boards anymore,” Cujak said. “Because of the liability, virtually all the high schools have taken them out. Mostly people are afraid of people hitting their heads on the boards, etc. We’ve been lucky, but there’s always that potential.” With the increased density of swimmers that summer brings, a lifeguard’s job can become more demanding. “We rotate the guards to different posts every 15 minutes so we have a fresh pair of eyes for each area,” said senior guard Rose Thomas, 23, at the Santa Fe Springs Aquatic Center. “Where I used to work there were a lot of rescues because of the diving boards, but here it’s better thought out and nothing major happens.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Me and my friends do the craziest jumps,” said Reuben, whose every leap off the diving board combined a different variety of twists and somersaults. “I learned by doing whatever I wanted. I just try different things.” As schools let out for the summer this week, many children and families plan to take part in summer swim programs, whether in the form of lessons, swim teams or just having fun during public swim hours. Most public pools begin their summer programs on Monday. The Santa Fe Springs center saw an average of more than 7,400 swimmers a month, or about 239 a day during last year’s recreational hours, said manager Michelle Smith. Smith said the center offers group and private swim lessons, a competitive swim team, a “Mommy and Me” class for parents and toddlers, a youth water polo team, a junior lifeguard program, low- and high-impact water aerobics classes, and adult, family and youth lap swim hours and more. SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s the first day of summer and thoughts are turning to hot weather and cool swimming pools. Reuben Medellin never took swim lessons and doesn’t plan to start this summer. But it didn’t stop him from attempting flips off the diving board Tuesday during an end-of-year field trip to the Santa Fe Springs Aquatic Center. The Lakeland Elementary School student was one of more than 100 fifth-graders who descended on the pool for a two-hour mid-day swim in place of sitting in the classroom.
Nikola Mileusnic hit a quickfire brace as 10-man Adelaide United played out an entertaining 2-2 A-League draw against Western Sydney Wanderers at Coopers Stadium.Nathan Konstandopoulos’ foul on Tarek Elrich gave Oriol Riera the opportunity to score from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time – he only did so after Paul Izzo parried his initial effort.Mileusnic’s sharp shooting put Adelaide in the ascendancy before Riera found himself at the centre of the game’s main talking point, with Jordan Elsey sent off after an hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bruce Kamau scored a fine equaliser but the Wanderers could not make their numerical advantage count as both teams pushed for a winner.A Boxing Day thriller at Coopers. #ALeague #ADLvWSW pic.twitter.com/3bkqmv4X2R— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 26, 2018Western Sydney were the better side early on but almost fell behind when Craig Goodwin’s deflected free-kick looped against the right-hand post.Izzo made brilliant save from Riera at close quarters in the 43rd minute and denied the Spanish striker once again from the penalty spot, only for the Wanderers star to dispatch his fourth of the season from the rebound.Adelaide found a swift response three minutes into the second half when Scott Galloway’s low cross took a nick off Josh Ridson to leave Mileusnic with a simple finish at the back post.Mileusnic made it two goals in seven minutes when he charged onto a slide-rule pass from captain Isaias to nutmeg Nick Suman, the rookie goalkeeper who should have done better.The Wanderers were reeling but the game turned abruptly once more when Elsey caught Riera with an elbow and was given a second yellow card after a lengthy discussion between the officials.A minute after the defender walked, Western Sydney were level as Kamau controlled smoothly and lashed an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.Izzo stood firm to deny Roly Bonevacia, preserving a point that edges Adelaide up to sixth, still three points better off than Western Sydney in ninth.