Making a splash in Weed: Pool offers lessons, other programs

Shareen Strauss
Lifeguards at the Weed Pool are ready for swimmers since the pool opened for the season on Monday.

The Weed Recreation and Parks Community Pool is the first to open in Siskiyou County and have safety guidelines in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Swimmers will be screened for shortness of breath and other COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperature taken prior to entering the pool area. Of the pool’s 11 trained lifeguards, the three junior lifeguards will keep the pool area wiped down and sanitized throughout the day.

This week, the pool is open from 1 to 3 p.m. with a $1 fee. Starting Monday, June 22, until Aug. 14, the pool will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

The cost is $2.

This year’s programs include a one-week pre-team summer camp, morning lap swimming, private and group lessons for children and water safety classes for adults. There are new programs this season starting with younger swimmers from ages 3 and up to learn competitive style swimming in preparation for the swim team which has tripled in size over the last two seasons.

Weed Community Pool Supervisor Rich Viturino said they are aspiring to host a swim meet the weekend of July 24 but it depends on COVID-19 guidelines at that time.

“We still have lots of spots open for all types of lessons,” said senior lifeguard Rhian Viturino. “We’re able to protect people and create a safe and fun place for the community. We are all looking forward to this season.”

There are $20 punch cards, well as season passes available throughout the season.

The Weed Community Center indoor pool is open as well and will also have punch cards available.

For a schedule of classes and more information, call the Weed Community Pool at (530) 938-4701 or the Weed Community Center at (530) 938-4685.