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Pool boiler replacement completed; first swimmers allowed in Tuesday


May 31, 2016

The Sweet Home School District has completed replacement of the boiler and additional maintenance and upgrades at the Sweet Home High School swimming pool.

The district scheduled a limited reopening Tuesday, with a late morning public lap swim and an evening family swim. District officials were hoping to resume a full schedule soon.

On March 1, the district announced that the boiler had failed and needed to be replaced following the discovery of a leak, closing the swimming pool. The district announced that the replacement boiler was running on May 23. Since then, the district has completed some additional wiring and dialing in the desired water temperature.

During the boiler replacement, the district completed additional maintenance and improvements, including new, brighter LED lighting.

The Sweet Home Swim Club has been practicing in Lebanon and Corvallis during the closure.

Normally, the pool staff begin offering lessons in the spring, said Gretchen Dougherty, aquatics supervisor, but if something like this is going to happen, the timing was good. It didn’t interrupt the high school swimming season.

At this point, “we’re just kind of planning our summer schedule,” Dougherty said. The pool is accepting registration for summer swimming lessons, which will begin in June. Registration begins June 6.

Dougherty is looking forward to re-opening, she said.

“I miss not seeing the community’s faces every day. I’m just excited to see everybody’s smiling faces again. For some people, the pool is what they look forward to every day.”

The pool will make up for the closure in August, when this year it will not close for routine maintenance, she said. The district was able to complete its annual maintenance work during the closure.

That means “we’ll be able to offer more swim lessons,” Dougherty said.

“The maintenance crew has been so wonderful,” Dougherty said. “I couldn’t have done it without them. The lifeguards have also been very instrumental during our facility closure, helping with various cleaning and painting tasks.”

She expected the pool to be open full time by the end of the week or early next week, she said.

Following is the summer schedule for the swimming pool:

Adult Fitness Clinics

The clinics are designed for adults interested in learning and practicing water routines that combine high-intensity cardio exercise and power moves. Membership swim pass or a drop-in fee is required to participate.

Aqua Power Deep Plunge is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on June 21 and July 21 and 10a .m. to 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 6.

Hydro Belly-Blaster Workout is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. on June 30, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 9 and 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 12.

Water Safety Education


Water Safety Education Workshops are for families with children between 3 and 12 years old. During workshops, pool staff discuss general water safety. They spend time in the water for hands-on training in basic survival skills.

Families must complete registration at least two days prior to the workshop. Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to each workshop. The cost is $3 per child.

Workshops are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 25, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 23 and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 27.

Water Aerobics for Seniors

Water aerobics sessions are available to take pressure off painful leg joins and the lower back while gaining strength, endurance and range of motion. The classes are led by volunteer instructors and geared toward older adults.

The A.M. Gentle Exercise Group meets 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Noon Low Impact Aerobics Group meets 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Family Swim

Family Swim is held every Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $1 per person. This swim time is set for parents to come with their children to play together in the swimming pool as a family. Children must have an adult family member in the water with them.

Recreational Play Swim

Recreational Play is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays. Recreational Play is time for the public to go swimming. Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by a responsible supervisor. Children who cannot pass the facility swim test must be accompanied in the water by a supervisor, who must stay within arm’s reach of the child.

Adult Lap Swimming

Adult Lap Swimming is scheduled for 5 :30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons are for children 3 and older to develop basic skills, build endurance and refine proper swimming techniques.

Each sessions features eight 30-minute group lessons or eight 20-minute private lessons.

Morning classes are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Evening classes are between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. on June 6. To sign up, stop by the front desk at the pool, 1641 Long St.

Four two-week sessions are scheduled for Mondays through Thursdays, June 20-30, July 11-21, July 25-Aug. 4 and Aug. 8-18.

Two four-week sessions are set, including from June 21 to July 14 is set for Tuesdays and Thursdays, and July 18 to Aug. 10 for Mondays and Wednesdays.

Parent-Toddler Classes

Parent-toddler classes are for children 6 months to 3 years old. The class is designed to introduce toddlers to the water. Parents are welcome to join their children in the water. Children who are not potty-trained must wear a swim diaper at all tiems.

The four-week session runs at 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 21 to July 14.


General admission is $3 or $20 for a 10-visit swim card for youths 4-17 and seniors 65 and older and $3.50 or $25 for a 10-visit swim card for adults ages 18-64. Family general admission is $10 for up to four members and $2 each per additional family member.

Three-month swim passes are $60 for ages 4-17 and 65 and older and $70 for ages 18-64. Six months is $90 and $105 respectively.

Rental and pool parties are available for weekends and start at $30 per hour. Group swim lessons are $40, and private lessons are $55.

For further information, call the Sweet Home Community Pool at (541) 367-7169.


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