Golden Swimming Pool set for a cool way to end summer

Want to escape from the Dog Days of Summer? The Golden Swimming Pool may have a solution for you.

Want to escape from the Dog Days of Summer? The Golden Swimming Pool may have a solution for you.

The pool is offering several new event nights to make sure you’re having fun this summer, and staying cool.

“We’ve got a lot of great stuff coming up,” said Kim Bryan, recreation services co-ordinator for the Town of Golden. From Aug. 15, to Aug. 24, there will be something special going on almost every night.

Wednesdays Aug. 15 and 22 will be the nights for the kids to rule the pool. Kids 12 and under (kids six and under are welcome, but must remain within arms reach of an adult), can come hang out with the lifeguards from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and play games like tag, sharks and minnows, diving board games, and a water balloon toss. The Lifeguard Club is also back. Anyone ages eight to 16 can come for some games and fun-based drills, and learn about what it entails to be a lifeguard.

“The lifeguards will show you in a fun way how to be a lifeguard, and what they do,” said Bryan. “We had lifeguard club at the beginning of the season… and the kids who came really loved it. A few were pretty apprehensive at first… but it’s a fun environment and they just loved it.”

The Lifeguard Club will be held on Thursdays Aug. 16 and 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The pool is offering teens a chance to have the pool all themselves on Tuesday Aug. 21 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for a Teen Swim. The lifeguards are organizing a water fight, so make sure you bring your water guns.

The swimming pool has not forgotten about the adults. They are offering two waterpolo sessions (Fridays Aug. 17 and 24) and a master’s swimming clinic (Monday Aug. 20) for all ages.

“You don’t have to be an expert to come to these waterpolo sessions, you don’t have to know how to play because we’ll show you how. We’ll make it fit your ability and skills, and we’ll make the teams even. It’s going to be an inclusive, welcoming environment,” said Bryan.

The first session will be an introduction with some drills and sharpening of skills, ending with a scrimmage, and the second session will be a tournament. Both sessions will be lead by a certified waterpolo coach.

The masters clinic, although for all ages, is for participants who are able to swim 200 metres continuously (eight laps).

“It’s let by two pretty awesome coaches,” said Bryan, laughing as she explained that herself, and ironman triathlete Cam Dawes are the two coaches. Bryan is a certified swim coach with 14 years of competitive experience, and is a provincial and national medalist.

The clinic will help swimmers refine their technique, increase their stroke efficiency, and challenge their endurance.

“We’re going to keep it pretty flexible. So we’ll see who comes, see what their goals are, and then we’ll work with that,” said Bryan.

For all of these events, regular admission rates apply, except the Lifeguard Club where there’s a $10 drop-in fee. The Golden Swimming Pool would also like to know how they’re doing. They have just launched a patron survey, asking for your feedback.

If you have visited the pool this spring or summer, go to surveymonkey.com/s/golden_pool to complete the survey.