Swimming saves lives. That’s why Arden Kremer’s been teaching swim lessons for 20 years, 300 kids each summer, and why she’s adamant that Sonoma needs a community swimming pool.
Kremer wants every child in the Valley of the Moon to be able to dive safely into the deep end, and she won’t stop swimming toward that goal until a community pool is built. With a new swim center now sparkling on the horizon at the former site of Paul’s Resort on Verano Avenue, she’s helping raise the funding necessary for it to open by summer 2016.
Escrow on the $2 million land purchase closes at the end of July, with $1.5 million raised and $500,000 left to go. “It’s going to enhance our Valley so much, I know people are going to step forward,” she said.
In Kremer’s dual roles as program director of Swim America, the learn-to-swim-program she oversees at the Hanna Boys Center pool, and as a director on the board of Sonoma Splash, the nonprofit working towards a community pool for Sonoma, she is part of the swim scene past, present and future.
She started teaching lessons in 1994, when her sons, Sam and Max Coturri, were on the Valley of the Moon Aquatics swim team and their coach asked her to be a swim instructor. “By the seat of my pants I learned to teach kids to swim,” she said, and she’s never stopped. About 10 years ago, she became certified with Swim America, a nonprofit that teaches the same, 10-station program nationwide.