With summer in full swing – and temperatures soaring into the 100s over the past week – the Escalon community pool is a popular spot to be to beat the heat.
Recreation Department spokesperson Bridget Gaines said the pool opened for business on Monday, June 3 and has seen brisk business so far.
Public swim hours at the pool are Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost is $2 per person per day.
Gaines said there was some concern in late spring that the rec department wouldn’t get enough qualified lifeguards and would have to scale back the operations. But, she said, they have been able to maintain the schedule.
“We were able to go as is,” she said. “We are hoping to get a couple more lifeguards within the next couple of weeks.”
Right now, lifeguards are getting a few more hours than in the past, but the schedule works well, and kids have access to not only the recreational swimming but lessons as well.
“For our lessons, the first two sessions are already filled, both morning and afternoon,” Gaines said, noting that there is still an opportunity to sign up for the last two sessions.
Classes started June 10 and the second session begins June 24. Those classes are full but spots are available in the third session, July 8 through 18 and the fourth and final swim lesson session of the summer, July 22 through Aug. 1.
Cost is $35 for the first child and $25 for each additional child in the same family for the swimming lessons, with multiple levels of instruction available from beginners to advanced. There are also Mommy and Me classes for $30 that meet at 11 a.m. and adult classes, 11 a.m., for a cost of $35.
Class times for young swimmers depend on the level, with morning lessons starting at 10:30 a.m., afternoon lessons starting at 5 p.m.