Aquatics Center to open next semester

The $6 million Chadron Area Aquatics and Wellness Center will open its doors to Chadron State College Jan. 10, 2017, offering a variety of amenities, course credit and work study opportunities.
The updated facility will hold a reconfigured existing pool and expanded recreational pool, expanded locker rooms with private showers, six swimming lanes (25-meter), waterslide & toddler slide, toddler swim area and spray feature, zero-entry pool entrance, diving tower, splash pad and water feature, outdoor sun deck, year-round indoor facilities, therapy pool, separate therapy pool, separate changing room, zero-depth entry ramp, walking track, and a community meeting/party room.
“The building will be substantially complete by Jan. 10, 2017, which is when the facility will be open to students at no charge with a valid student ID,” Brandon Girard, supervisor of the Chadron Area Aquatics and Wellness Center, said.
Free swimming and special classes, like water aerobics, will be soon to follow for everyone, Girard said.
Students are eligible to begin taking classes for course credit at the facility, under the instruction of Donna Ritzen, associate professor of health, physical education and recreation. Work study and internships will also be available to students through the college.
“There are probably 100 benefits (from the Aquatics Center,” Ritzen said. “It will give students hands-on experience to be able to go out and teach.”
Ritzen also said that a number of HPER classes will be able to use the center for class purposes, as well as the athletic programs for injury rehabilitation.

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