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  • Great news.

    On a related note, does anyone know the background behind the elimination of adult swim that was implemented at DPR pools sometime during the summer season last year? That policy has made an unwelcome return this year. Hourly breaks now require everyone to exit the pool, which means adult swim is gone. The pools are empty 15 out of every 60 minutes. It’s crazy. The way DPR introduced the policy last year without explanation long after the pools opened always left me wondering what’s behind the policy.

    • I’m assuming it’s sheer laziness. Closing the pool for one-quarter of the time is just a clown decision. Additionally, they will close whole sections of the pool for an entire hour. It’s just pointless.

      I honestly don’t think the “free” model for the pool system is sustainable.

  • The closing of the pool is not a clown decision, its for everyone’s safety. This gives the lifeguards a much needed break and also lets them check chemical levels in the pool. There’s a lot more that goes into running a public pool safely than meets the eye.

    here’s a great read on the mental and physical toll of life guarding >> ” Good Guard, Bad Guard — Eight ways to know if your pool’s lifeguards are up to the job—and are being given the support they need.” http://slate.me/144Um1j

    • I’m still skeptical. In my former life as a public pool lifeguard, adult swim was not a strain on the staff (given that only a few of the guards on duty are ever watching the pool at a given moment). Checking chemicals every hour? Even if that surprising frequency is now industry standard, you don’t need to clear the pool to do it.

      Also, they implemented this policy in the middle of the year last year. It seemed incredibly haphazard. It strikes me more like a let’s-reduce-the-outlay-on-resources rather than a well-considered strategy for managing the pools. But I’m open minded about it. that’s why I’m hopeful someone can supply background info on the actual policy.

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