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Posted: Friday, May 15, 2009 6:13 pm | Updated: 2:41 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Chandler Recreation: Welcome to the inaugural weekly City of Chandler Recreation column in the Chandler Tribune. Each week I will share information on a variety of programs, activities and special events occurring around the city that all ages can enjoy.

Welcome to the inaugural weekly City of Chandler Recreation column in the Chandler Tribune. Each week I will share information on a variety of programs, activities and special events occurring around the city that all ages can enjoy.

Tennis anyone?

Do did you know that May is National Tennis Month? The Chandler Tennis Center, 2250 S. McQueen Road at Tumbleweed Park, is always available to fulfill your tennis craving while providing a great workout for all ages. The center offers lessons and programs to help the whole family improve fundamentals by working on proper serving, a better backhand and net volley play.

There are group and private lessons for adults and children (ages 4 to 17), as well as adult tennis leagues, drop-in tennis, tournaments and ball machine rentals. The Tennis Center has 15 lighted, newly resurfaced tennis courts, a lounge and locker rooms. If you're looking to stay in shape but would like to get away from the monotony of a treadmill or other cardio equipment, try one of the Center's "cardio tennis" classes. Set to upbeat music, it is a fun way for players of all ages and abilities to stay fit and learn more about the game. The class focuses not just on basic tennis stroke development but also helps improve the constant movement that comes with various hitting drills designed to give you a breathtaking cardiovascular workout.

For more information about the Chandler Tennis Center's hours, lessons and programs, call (480) 782-2650 or visit www.chandleraz.gov/tennis. For more information about National Tennis Month, check out www.southwest.usta.com.

Stay safe around water

May is also National Water Safety Month, and as the swim season picks up, it is important for everyone to be alert around the pool and aware of safety measures to follow. Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children through age 14. The Chandler aquatics division is busy preparing to open the rest of its six public pools for summer daily use in the next few weeks, and wants to remind residents and visitors that water safety and adult supervision around the pool should always be a priority. Here are a few recommendations from the Chandler aquatics staff:

Always watch your children around water.

Take the opportunities to enroll your children in swimming lessons.

Pool fences are necessary even when children have completed swimming classes.

Adults should not be involved in distracting activities while supervising children.

Always swim with a buddy and select swim sites with lifeguards when possible.

Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating or water skiing; do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the time it takes paramedics to arrive, CPR skills could make a difference in helping save someone's life.

Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings" or inner-tubes, as a substitute for personal flotation devices.

Water safety also includes practicing healthy swimming habits. Always have children who are not toilet trained wear swim diapers and change them frequently (never change a diaper next to the pool; use the bathroom). Never bring sick children (or adults) to the pool and allow two weeks after any illness before returning to the pool. Always shower before entering the pool.

For more information about water safety programs, visit www.waterparks.org/bewateraware.

If you haven't seen the interactive water features at the new Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, 5901 S. Hillcrest Drive adjacent to Basha High School, be sure to check it out this summer.

For more information on swim lessons, pool hours, fees and policies, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics or call (480) 782-2733.

For more on Chandler recreation ... The summer Break Time recreation magazine is available at many Chandler facilities and at www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration for all summer youth camps, programs and all-ages specialty classes is now in progress at www.chandleraz.gov/registration. For more information about recreation programs, call (480) 782-2727.

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