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New Class Of Lifeguards Ready For Pool Duty
Just in time for the 90-degree days in the forecast this week, a new group of lifeguards has completed coursework in Escalon.

Classes were given during Spring Break week, with both in the pool and in the classroom instruction offered through Heather Howell of Lodi.

"There were some that took the whole course, from CPR to the lifeguard training and some that came back just to re-certify in CPR," explained Escalon Recreation Director Bridget Gaines. "We had some from Escalon and also from Turlock, Modesto and Oakdale for the training."

Gaines is doing interviews this week for the lifeguard positions available at the Escalon Community Pool for the coming summer, and plans are to open the pool for recreational swimming later this month.

The pool will be open Mondays through Fridays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for recreational swim, at a cost of $2 per day. Passes are available at a discount, through the Recreation Department, 2040 McHenry Ave.

Opening day is May 31 and the first of four scheduled swimming lesson sessions will begin June 6.

"The cost is $35 for the first child in a family, $25 for each additional child," Gaines said of lessons, which run for two weeks per session.

The lessons go throughout the summer and are offered from the very basic beginning swim to an advanced class.

"We do have the recreational swim and the pool is also available, anytime after public swim and outside of lessons, evenings and weekend, for rental for pool parties," said Gaines.

Other classes are also hosted at various times. Information on rentals can be obtained at the rec department or on the city's website.

Gaines said she is hoping to solidify the pool staff with the interviews this week and has already offered positions to those lifeguards who worked at the pool last summer.

"Pretty much everybody is returning, I've let them know if they want their spot back, they have it," Gaines said of bringing back a trusted crew. "I also am probably looking for five more lifeguards."

Those that completed the training in the most recent class are among those that could be on the job this summer.

"Between returning and new, I had 20, 21 applicants," noted Gaines.

For more information about the upcoming swim season, pool rental or lessons, contact Gaines at 691-7305, Fran Gaither at 691-7306 or stop at the rec department office on McHenry.