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Dive into summer

The Fredericktown City Pool opened for the season May 26 marking the unofficial beginning of summer.

“We had a great weekend,” Pool Manager Sandy Shelley said. “We had about 120 swimmers on Saturday and about 170 on Sunday.”

Shelley said that is a good number for a holiday weekend and for being the first two days open.

The pool has seen some improvements over the break with a fresh coat of paint on the bottom of the pool, a new sun shade by the shallow end of the pool, a new pool vacuum and the placement of the guard towers.

“We have moved a lifeguard stand to the other side so that lifeguard positions can see more of the pool,” Shelley said. “If I have to have one guard out there or if I have to have two they will be able to see more without having to turn around so much.”

Shelley said the pool is a very safe place with all the lifeguards being Jeff Ellis International trained.

The lifeguards at the Fredericktown City Pool are all Jeff Ellis International trained and keep a 15 minute rotation to ensure the safety of the swimmers.

The lifeguards at the Fredericktown City Pool are all Jeff Ellis International trained and keep a 15 minute rotation to ensure the safety of the swimmers.

“We have seven returning lifeguards and eight new,” Shelley said. “We are pretty confident in them. They have all gone through the training. They do an online course and then they have to show me their skills in CPR, AED, first aid, oxygen, the whole works. Everything they would need to know to rescue someone, they have to show me all those skills.”

The pool will continue its  monthly movie nights starting with “The Emoji Movie” at 8 p.m., June 14. Other shows include “Cars 3” July 12 and “The Lego Ninja Movie” Aug. 9.

Shelley said they will still have a beach ball blowout sometime in June and a Disney day in August.

Classes and hours have remained unchanged, but there have been a few minor price changes. 

Public hours will be from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and will cost $2 per person. Sunday hours will be 1 to 5 p.m. with a cost of $1 per person. 

Family swim will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings with a cost of $1 per person.

Water Aerobics and lap swim will be Monday through Friday 8 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. with the cost of $1 per visit or $40 for unlimited.

Aqua Zumba will begin May 31 from 5 to 6 p.m. with a free class. Shelley said this one-time, free Zumba class gives participants the chance to see if they like it before continuing. The class will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. with a cost of $20 monthly to the instructor plus $1 per visit to the pool.

Swimmers of all ages came out to enjoy opening weekend at the Fredericktown City Pool.

Swimmers of all ages came out to enjoy opening weekend at the Fredericktown City Pool.

Public swimming lessons for all ages and skill sets are available as well as private lessons. Pool parties are available with limited slots set aside. 

Shelley asked that pool parties be booked at the pool with half of the fee paid at the time of booking.

For more information about the pool, parties or classes call the pool at 573-783-6744.

The Fredericktown City Pool opened for the season May 26 with 290 visitors in the first two days. 

The Fredericktown City Pool opened for the season May 26 with 290 visitors in the first two days. 

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com

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