Ruther­glen Swim­ming Pool opens this week­end

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY SARAH DEAN

For the sec­ond year in a row the Ruther­glen Swim­ming Pool is set for an early sea­son when it opens on Satur­day, mak­ing it the first pool in Indigo Shire to open to the pub­lic.

Ruther­glen Swim­ming Pool Life­guard Ray Ter­rill said the ex­tended sea­son was due to com­put­erised so­lar heat­ing.

“The pool wa­ter was kept clear and cov­ered dur­ing win­ter with the use of so­lar blan­kets, which pre­serves the wa­ter,” he said.

“The wa­ter is mon­i­tored dur­ing this time and about once a week some­one calls in and checks un­der the blan­kets to check if ev­ery­thing looks good.

“There’s a clean out in mid-July and then it’s cov­ered up again.

“It saves the coun­cil a for­tune be­cause they don’t have to re­fill the pool.”

After suc­cess­ful tri­als last year, Indigo Shire Coun­cil granted per­mis­sion for the pool to open a month be­fore the of­fi­cial sea­son com­mences, with open­ing times one hour per day for lap swim­mers, swim­ming clubs, triathlon groups and aer­o­bics classes.

The hours have been set at 5pm un­til 6pm Tues­day, Thurs­day and Satur­day af­ter­noon, and 6.30pm un­til 7.30pm in the early morn­ing on Mon­days, Wed­nes­days and Fri­days, with the first ses­sion on Satur­day.

Mr Ter­rill said the early open­ing at­tracted swim­mers from the Corowa Swim­ming Club and sur­round­ing towns.

“It saves the swim­mers from the Corowa Swim­ming Club trav­el­ling into Wodonga and it’s just un­til the Corowa pool opens,” he said.

“It means they can swim lo­cally and do their train­ing be­cause of the warmth of the pool.

“We also get some Ruther­glen res­i­dents and there’s a very big con­tin­gent of early morn­ing swim­mers.”

With the pool wa­ter al­ready at 24 de­grees, it’s ex­pected to rise to its op­ti­mum level of 26 de­grees by Satur­day.

Ruther­glen Swim­ming Pool Se­nior Life­guard Jim Bell gives the pool a fi­nal vac­uum be­fore open­ing for an early sea­son on Satur­day.

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