Sure is cool at the pool

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

DER­WENT Val­ley res­i­dents can splash into sum­mer this year af­ter the New Nor­folk pool opened its gates last month.

The pub­lic pool, which is closed through March to Oc­to­ber, re­opened on Oc­to­ber 15 and al­ready of keen swim­mers are turn­ing out to en­joy the water as the weather warms up.

New Nor­folk Pool man­ager Thai Youd said it was pleas­ing to see the high number of school kids show­ing up to make a splash.

“Ev­ery day we’ve had lo­cal and out of town school groups come for learn-to-swim days, and the pool’s keep­ing busy with plenty of fam­i­lies jump­ing in too,” he said.

Mr Youd said it was im­por­tant children were prop­erly trained to swim as more Tas­ma­ni­ans get out in the water in the wrarmer months.

“It’s crit­i­cal that kids learn water safety es­pe­cially in a town like New Nor­folk where the river is such a cen­tral part of the re­gion,” the life­guard said.

“Water safety is not only im­por­tant for en­sur­ing we are all looked af­ter, but it al­lows us to en­joy the water more. We’re hop­ing the weather con­tin­ues to im­prove and more peo­ple turn out to swim.”

Af­ter a tur­bu­lent week of ex­treme winds, the weather bureau says New Nor­folk will re­main warm through this week and week­end be­fore a top of 21C on Mon­day.

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