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Community Swimming Pool Sees Successful Summer
Four successful sessions of swimming lessons are coming to a close this week in Escalon, wrapping up a summer of instruction at the community pool.

"It went by fast," admitted Escalon Recreation Director Bridget Gaines.

The four two-week sessions featured instruction at multiple skill levels and included a total of 310 participants throughout the summer.

"That was up about 64 participants from last year," Gaines added of the solid numbers.

Classes ranged from the Mommy and Me for toddlers and their parents to the young beginners class on up to adult instruction.

The pool itself remains open for recreational swimming during the week, up until the beginning of the new school year.

"We will be open through Aug. 17," explained Gaines. "Normally we are open until 5 p.m. but that last day we close at 4 p.m. so they can do a little clean up."

Final day of swimming lessons is Thursday, Aug. 2. The final two weeks of summer vacation will see the pool open Monday through Friday, Aug. 6 through 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the following week, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with the final 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. hours on Friday, Aug. 17. School resumes for district students on Monday, Aug. 20.

Numbers for the public swim have varied, with a range of weather conditions impacting attendance. Lifeguards noted some slow days, with mild temperatures and winds, with the busiest time in mid-July when the temperature topped out in the upper 90s and even touched 100 degrees a couple of days in a row. Friends Ian Gregg and Ben Millard were enjoying the water - and trading underwater goggles - on a recent trip to the pool.

"They feel really good," Ian said of Ben's large goggles, more suited to scuba diving than pool swimming. "We made this deal, I try his and he tries mine."

The two also took turns going off the diving board, with Ian perfecting his dives and Ben going for the splash factor with a near picture perfect cannonball.

With the pool closing, the Recreation Department will shift its focus to the recreational soccer season, and evaluations were done on Saturday, July 28.

"We also had a handful of people step up to coach," Gaines said.

Games in the city rec league will start in mid-September.