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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 3:03am
FORT BLISS, TX — Approximately 20 parents and their young children showed up at the Replica Aquatic Center March 2 to enjoy Baby Bubble Hour, which provides a quiet and relaxing morning of swimming and playing.
Every Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m., parents and children ages 4 and under get an opportunity to bond with each other without the splashing, screaming and rambunctiousness associated with older children in a pool.
Sarah Scott, wife of Sgt. Richard Scott and a mother to Gavin, 4 months old, found out about the program through the Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation website. The Scott’s brought Gavin to the RAC for his first “big boy” swim.
“We brought Gavin here because we wanted him to get used to being around water at an early age,” said Sgt. Scott, a fires support specialist assigned to 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. “We thought this would be the perfect place for his first swim.”
The Baby Bubble Hour rules set by the RAC – children 5 and over are not allowed in the water during this time to include older siblings – help maintain a quiet and splash-free environment that makes it easy for parents to enjoy their time with their children and to get to know other parents.
“We didn’t have to worry about it being too loud, getting splashed or getting hit by toys,” said Sgt. Scott. “Gavin really enjoyed being in the pool, and we will definitely come back here again.”
On a normal Saturday, the RAC’s Olympic-sized indoor pool has more activities going on than just the Bubble Baby Hour.
In one corner, the parents and babies stayed occupied in their allotted space. On the opposite corner, a group of seven Boy Scouts from Troop 429 were there conducting basic water safety and swimming proficiency.
“We are preparing for our upcoming canoe trip this summer,” said Scout Master Joe Smith.
In the middle two lanes of the pool, a couple of swimmers swam laps in the 50-meter-length pool, while on another side of the pool, a water aerobics class was being conducted by lifeguard and aerobics instructor Lucin Sweetenburg.
Even with all of the various activities going on at the RAC, there still is plenty of room for more parents to come and enjoy the water with their little ones during BBH.
For more information, call the Replica Aquatic Center at 568-7431 or visit the RAC at 5035 Dickman Road.