Free swim lessons offered; Diving and Swim Teams at each pool
Bolton Pool, Parkland and Kimberley Park pools will be open for the Memorial Day weekend May 28 – 30. Bolton and Parkland will be open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kimberley Park will be open from noon to 6 p.m.
Bolton will open daily for the summer starting June 4. Kimberley Park, Parkland and Polo Pool will be open the weekend of June 4-5. They along with Happy Hill, Mineral Springs, Reynolds Park and Sprague pools will open daily for the summer on June 10.
Admission Fees for City pools are as follows:
- 2 Years Old and under: Free
- 3 – 17 Years: $2
- 18 and over :$3
- Senior Citizens age 60 and over, who are city residents and have a Senior Citizen card from the Special Populations unit, are admitted at no charge.
For a full schedule for all pools, including opening and closing times, click HERE.
Free swim lessons
All pools will offer free children’s swim lessons starting June 13. Sign-ups will be June 11 at 10 a.m. at each pool. Additional sessions of children’s swim lessons will start July 5 and July 23. Sign-ups are on July 2 and July 21 at 10 a.m. Free adult swim lessons start June 18 at all swimming pools. Contact the pool you want to attend the week before to preregister.
All pools will offer a Babes in Arms program for parents and children five and under starting June 18. Contact the pool the week before to preregister.
Diving and Swim Teams
DIVING INSTRUCTION AND COMPETITION
Each pool provides diving instruction. Some of the fundamentals taught to each swimmer are take off, how to get height, etc. Each pool selects one female and one male diver from each age group to participate in a city dive meet against the other city-operated pools. The age groups are 8 years and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17.
Each pool has a swim team for children age 17 years and under, which are a continuation of swim lessons. The swimmers try to perfect the back crawl, butter fly, breast stroke and the American crawl. Swimmers compete in teams against the other swimming pools’ teams in age groups of 8 years and under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-17.
City Pool rules and requirements
Non-swimmers less than 48 inches tall will be required to wear life jackets in the pools. Life jackets are not required in the water play areas at Bolton and Kimberley Park pools.
The city will provide life jackets. Patrons may bring their own life jackets if they have a stamp indicating that they are Coast Guard approved and pass inspection from the lifeguards.
Children less than 48 inches tall will be asked to take a swim test when they arrive at the pool. If they pass the test, they will receive a green wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool. If they do not pass the test they will receive a red wrist band and a life jacket. They can go in the shallow end of the pool up to 3.5 feet.
The swim test consists of treading water for a minute and swimming 25 yards without touching the bottom. As the staff at a particular pool gets to know the children who attend often, lifeguards may issue green wrist bands to children who they know can swim, without administering a swim test.
Patrons over 48 inches tall will be required to take a swim test if lifeguards observe that they may be poor or non-swimmers. Those who do not pass the test will be issued a life jacket and a yellow wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool except the deep end for the diving boards. Any patron who refuses to take a swim test will have to leave the pool grounds.
Swimmers with red or yellow wrist bands who are caught in the wrong section of the pool will be asked to sit out for 15 minutes. If they are caught a second time, they will have to leave the pool.
All children attending a pool as a day-care or summer-camp activity will be required to take swim tests and follow the wrist-band policy.
Everyone entering the pool must be wearing proper swim attire. To learn what qualifies as proper attire, click HERE.
Complete information about the aquatics program, pool calendars and hours, and dates for swim lessons is available at www.WePLAY.ws. For more information you may also call CityLink 311. To find a City pool near you, click HERE
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