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Adults graduate from Carbondale swim program

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CARBONDALE -- It was a celebration Thursday for some adults who proved you're never too old to learn a new skill.

More than 30 people graduated from a swim program at Carbondale's Splash Park. The youngest graduate was 23 and the oldest was 80.

The program started in June, and instructors say by July they were overwhelmed with people signing up.

Swimmers received 8 free lessons and some say it was life-changing.

"I actually jumped off a diving board for the first time in my life. I never thought I would do that. I'm swimming in deep water so its really been awe-inspiring and a humbling experience, just knowing I can do more than I thought I could do from day one," said swimming student Khandase Tate-Nero.

"I was a non-swimmer. I couldn't even float or do anything and I'm able to do all that now," said swimming student Leona Lewis.

Instructor Mary Pohlmann said, "The most gratifying thing about this is to see their smiles. They are just filled with joy."

The program featured 14 volunteer instructors so each swimmer had one-on-one lessons.

All of the graduates say they plan to continue swimming weekly and practice what they've learned.

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