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Pima County, Tucson pools opening for summertime swimming

Ready to get summer started by jumping into the pool?

All 11 of Pima County's swimming pools will open on Saturday, May 25. 

County pools will remain open until local school districts resume, except for Wade McLean, the Northwest YMCA, Manzanita and Ajo pools, which will be open until Labor Day, Sept. 2.

The city of Tucson has four pools open year-round, and five more that are open as part of the "extended season" offered by Parks and Recreation. Another 11 city pools are scheduled to open for the summer next month. Three splash pads are open in city parks.

General entry to county pools for children is $1 and adults 18 and older is $3. The city charges $1 for youth 17 and under, and $2 for adults, with seasonal passes and 30-visit punch cards available at reduced rates for city residents.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors implemented a discount program for low-income people, and those who have a permanent disability or who are of the age of 65 years or older, allowing entry into the pools for half-price, according to Grant Bourguet, recreation program manager.

Children as young as six months will be able to take swim lessons or children ages 5 to 18 can join the Novice Summer Swim Team Program.

Children ages 11 to 15 who are interested in becoming a lifeguard can try out the Junior Lifeguard Program. The program costs $30 and is from June 3 to 27.

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“The Junior Lifeguard Program is designed to prepare tweens and teens between the ages of 11 and 15 to become future lifeguards,” said According to Kate Harrison, a county spokeswoman.

The program doesn’t certify participants in first aid, CPR or AED, or as an official lifeguard, but introduces participants to skills they need for entry to the lifeguarding course, Harrison said.

"It's very much a hands-on program and a really strong indicator of if you’re interested in [being] a lifeguard and you can sign up for lifeguard training in the future," Bourguet said.

People interested in becoming a lifeguard can take classes in Tucson at the Northwest YMCA, the Jewish Community Center, the Thad Terry Aquatic Center and the Kino Pool during December which usually wrap up in time for summer employment.

"Pima County goes to great strides to maintain the parks facilities and we put a lot of reinvestment into them," Bourguet said.

The county spent over $225,000 re-plastering three facilities this year: Picture Rocks, Marana High School and Kino pools.

For additional information on fees, programs and lessons visit www.pima.gov/pools, and for more information on the Novice Swim Team Program call 520-724-5189 or visit www.pima.gov/swimteam.

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