Pomps Pond opens its 84th year of swimming on Saturday, June 19.
Located off Abbot Street in Recreation Park, the pond offers a sunbathing area, volleyball area, shaded picnic grounds, children's playground area, sailboat, canoe and kayak rentals, and recreational and instructional swimming. The beach complex includes a bathhouse with showers, restrooms and changing facilities, the "Pond View" concession stand, first aid station, and two sand wheelchairs. Beach hours are noon to 7 p.m. daily.
Andover residents may purchase a season pass at the Department of Community Services office on the main floor of Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., or at the pond, for $75 or pay a daily fee of $5 per person. The Early Bird Season Pass discount for residents is good through June 20. Residents must have their license, registration, and vehicle to purchase a sticker.
Young adults looking for Red Cross Lifeguard Training can complete the program Wednesday through Saturday, June 23-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pomps Pond. All lifeguard candidates must pass pre-course skills check and be 15 years old. The fee is $225.
Swim lessons are offered this year at $50 for a two-week session beginning July 5 and 19 and Aug. 2. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 11:15 a.m. to noon with weather make-ups on Fridays. Lessons are geared for children ages 3 and 4 with parents, and ages 5 and up. The swim program is comprised of seven levels with objectives to teach young people to swim and to be safe in, on, and around the water. Children will be tested the first day of class and grouped according to ability. All swimmers must complete all of the Red Cross requirements before they may advance to the next level. Registrations are accepted at the DCS office and are not accepted at the pond. Only children whose name appears on the swimming class list will be permitted to attend.
In addition to swim lessons Pomps offers a summer sailing program to adults and children ages 10 and up and a minimum weight of 60 pounds beginning July 6. This three-week program offered Tuesday thru Thursday is designed to introduce students to sailing with a hands on approach. Students will be sailing the first day. Techniques in kayaking and canoeing will also be introduced. Sessions are offered 10 a.m. to noon or 5 to 7 p.m. for a fee of $150.
The annual Canoe Safety and Paddling Demonstration will be held on Sunday, June 20 , 1 to 4 p.m. by the Shawsheen River Watershed Association. The event is free. The demo will cover entering and exiting a canoe, required and suggested gear, different paddling strokes, and the responsibilities of the person in the bow and stern.
The "Beach Buddies" program for kids ages 4-7 was so popular last summer extra sessions were added to accommodate the interest will be held at Pomps during the weeks of June 28, July 6 and July 19. Children will have the opportunity to participate in daily swim lessons, along with boating, beach activities, arts and crafts, science and nature walks, and weekly cookouts and field trips. Bring a bathing suit, towel, and snack each day. Beach Buddies cost is $120 for the 5 day program and $100 for the holiday week.
Youth Beach Volleyball for ages 8-14 will be held the week of Aug. 2-6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Pomps Volleyball Court. Fun games and activities will engage the novice to experienced player. Learn how to serve, hit, spike and set. Fee is $115.
Contact the Department of Community Services at 978-623-8274 to register or for more information. To register online go to www.andoverma.gov/dcs or to check enrollments.