As nearly everyone knows by now, the City pool is closed for public swimming as of August 19th. What many don't know is that the pool is still open for the adult fitness swim from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. We have two adult fitness swimmers who took the time and spent the money to take and pass the tests to qualify as lifeguards so this could happen. My thanks to Tom and Eva Tannehill for their willingness to serve the community in this way. The adult fitness swim will end when the water temperature and weather dictate; but, for now the pool is open during the week for one hour in the morning.
You don't have to swim laps to get benefits from exercising in the water. Water offers light resistance and low stress on the joints which is very important to those of us with arthritis. One of the best forms of water exercise is walking in water waist high to chest high with the hands cupped forward to offer more resistance. This has both aerobic and anaerobic benefits. Studies have shown that exercising a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes, three times per week, will greatly improve both fitness and health.
All in all, I believe we had a successful 2012 swim season. There were few problems and few complaints. The new slide was a lot of fun (I speak from personal appearance) and saw heavy use, especially early in the season. The water was usually clear and blue, and even sparkled at times. The pool was always algae free. We had a great head lifeguard in Bodie Adams; and, Bodie and T. J. Schovajsa were always willing to do their share and then some of the maintenance work.
We had two returning female lifeguards we could rely on to give us needed experience in Ayla Reyes and Becca Caffey; and, two new ones in Kirsten Shaw and Catelyn Felts. I affectionately call the latter two my "little girls." I was initially concerned about them due to their age and lack of experience; but, was pleasantly surprised by their maturity and performance. They have both said they will be back next year, which is a good thing because none of the others are planning to return. We will be looking for at least four new lifeguards for next summer. I look forward to another year as your pool manager.