At a glance
The Cumming Aquatic Center will offer the following new programs next month:
* Oh Baby! Fitness Pregnancy Water Aerobics
7 p.m. Mondays beginning Jan. 9 for eight weeks
Cost: $120 for full session, $18 per class
* Oh Baby! Fitness H20h Baby classes
10:15 a.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 10 for six weeks
Cost: $90 for full session, $18 per class
To register for Oh Baby! Fitness programs, go to www.ohbabyfitness.com or call (678) 528-1390.
* Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue program
10 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday for six weeks; evening lessons by request
To register, e-mail Ashlee Forscher at A.Forscher@infantswim.com or call (678) 744-7946.
* For more information about the Cumming Aquatic Center, visit www.crpdonline.org or call (770) 781-1781.
The Cumming Aquatic Center will be offering several new classes in January.
Center manager Carla Wilson said the additional programming includes courses for expectant mothers and young children.
Expectant and new moms can take classes through a partnership with Oh Baby! Fitness, which features a wide variety of courses at 25 metro Atlanta locations.
"Oh Baby! Fitness will be offering a water baby class, which is a workout for moms and their babies, and pregnancy water aerobics for expectant mothers," Wilson said.
According to Oh Baby! Fitness, the water baby class, called H2Oh Baby, gives mothers a chance to focus on aerobic conditioning and muscle strengthening, while babies float in provided flotation seats.
The class is open to children up to 2 years old, and a doctor’s consent is required for babies younger than 12 weeks old.
Oh Baby! pregnancy water aerobics classes are designed to tone the body by using the water for resistance training.
"When you’re pregnant, the water is where you want to be," Wilson said. "You’re weightless and being in the water can also help with swelling."
Infant Swimming Resource, or ISR, a provider of survival swimming lessons for babies and toddlers, will also be offering its Self-Rescue program at the center.
According to a news release from the group, the program integrates swimming skills that are developmentally appropriate for young children, teaching them to save their own lives.
Ashlee Forscher, a certified course instructor, said in a statement that "everything we do" is not enough to always keep children from drowning.
"Even with alarms, door locks, pool fences and supervision, children can escape from protective care and find themselves in trouble," she said.
"At ISR, we arm children with skills to survive if they were to accidentally end up in the water alone."
ISR Self-Rescue classes are available for children from 6 months to 6 years old.
"This is a very popular program," Wilson said. "It’s especially great for people with backyard pools, just in case.
"They’re pretty amazing skills and so important for young infants and toddlers to learn."
Wilson said the center will also have exercise courses for individuals with arthritis.
While such classes have been available in the past, Wilson said the new courses will be taught by instructors certified through the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program.
"These classes are really good for anyone with arthritis or other problems like fibromyalgia," Wilson said.
Other programming, including regular swim lessons for all ages and various water exercise courses, will continue to be offered at the center in the new year.