TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Tupelo Aquatic Center is slowly reopening after closing for the coronavirus. On Saturday, the center opened its doors to a big event for kids.
The center welcomed three Olympic swimmers to teach local kids breast stroking techniques.
This was done through Fitter and Faster, a company that brings in upper-level swimmers to teach in places around the world. The kids needed to be competitive swimmers to take the class. Social-distancing guidelines were in place for safety, but they proved challenging to follow at times.
The center’s Programming Director Barbara Aguirre said the program is an incredible opportunity for the kids.
“We had them six feet distance apart, check-in, go to a picture station option that they could go to, then we had a person individually take them to the lane that they were gonna be in,” Aguirre said.
Professional swimmer Carlos Claverie said they have two kids per lane, they cannot touch the kids, and they try to maintain six feet of space. He said face masks are available at the front desk. Parents are also not allowed inside at this time.
“I think it’s a great environment just because they learn so much as well, as after quarantine I think that it just makes them have a happy place which is a pool,” Claverie said, “and for me also being here, being able to teach them a lot of the things that I know also brings me a lot of joy, so it’s a fun environment.”
Aguirre said the program was originally scheduled for March, but got pushed back because of the public health crisis.