It’s summer and Kiwanians learned about benefits of being in the water

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Katie Yandell spoke to the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club at its meeting May 17 about water safety. Yandell has been in the aquatics industry for 18 years. She received her master’s in sports administration from NSU and worked for the City Parks and Recreation Department before accepting an Aquatics and Special Events Coordinator position in Lubbock, Texas. After Lubbock, she became the Aquatics and Safety Coordinator at SFA. She is currently the professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at NSU as an Exercise Physiologist.

She is an American Red Cross instructor trainer in the realms of lifeguarding and water safety and is a certified pool operator, yes that’s a thing.

One of her goals is to help people understand the wonderful benefits on being in the water.

Northwestern State University will offer aquatics activities this summer at the NSU Rec Complex. Hours of operation will be from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday in May. Beginning June 5, hours will be 2-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through the end of July.

Several swim classes will be available in June and July, including a junior lifeguard course announced at a later date. Learn-To-Swim group lessons will take place at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays the weeks of June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26. Learn-To-Swim private lessons will be available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays the weeks of July 10, July 17 and July 24.
For membership information or to schedule swimming lessons, contact Cindy Davis, aquatics director, at or (318) 357-6301.

Information on water aerobics is available by contacting Melanie Bedgood, coordinator of non-credit activities, at (318) 357-6355 or