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Lifeguards ready, pool to open Saturday
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Lifeguard Brent Reyna (right) rescues a struggling swimmer (Samuel Navarro) during a practice session for the Beeville municipal pool. There are 13 lifeguards for the summer open pool session, and four will always be on duty to help safeguard the youngsters and adults who will enjoy the cool blue waters. The pool opens Saturday at noon and costs $2 per person.
Lifeguard Brent Reyna (right) rescues a struggling swimmer (Samuel Navarro) during a practice session for the Beeville municipal pool. There are 13 lifeguards for the summer open pool session, and four will always be on duty to help safeguard the youngsters and adults who will enjoy the cool blue waters. The pool opens Saturday at noon and costs $2 per person.
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BEEVILLE – Belly-flops, cannonballs, some general splashing around and lots of fun will all be on tap beginning Saturday as the Bernardo Sandoval Municipal Swimming Pool begins its summer run at noon.

Pool hours are noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. The pool is closed on Mondays. Cost is $2 per person.

Party reservations will be taken beginning on Saturday. A two-hour party from 7-9 p.m. costs $100, while a four-hour party from 7-11 p.m. is $200, and lifeguards will be on hand. Contact the pool at 362-7625 to reserve your desired date and times.

The lifeguards are all trained and ready with Eric Taylor running the show at the pool for the seventh straight year. Taylor has experienced it all, from novice lifeguard to providing supervision, and has his 13 helpers trained and ready to go.

The group of seven boys and six girls will oversee the safety at the pool. No roughhousing or running, and if the need arises, the lifeguards are ready and willing to jump in and offer assistance to a struggling swimmer.

“The course is a 30-hour American Red Cross training that we put the lifeguards through each summer,” said Taylor.

“It covers water rescues, CPR and first aid.”

The lifeguards are put through the training and then must pass a written as well as a physical test in the pool.

“They must score at least an 80 on the written portion and then pass the physical part of the testing,” Taylor said.

An aspiring lifeguard must be able to tread water for two minutes, swim 300 yards without stopping and retrieve a 10-pound brick from the bottom of the pool.

There will be a minimum of four lifeguards on duty at all times at the pool in order to keep the ratio of lifeguards to swimmers at an optimum 1 to 25.

Hopefully, the lifeguards aren’t kept too busy performing their rescue duties this summer, but it has come into play on occasion.

“It was a great feeling when I saved a kid who fell off the diving board a couple of years ago,” said Tori Muñoz. Tori is not eager to do it again, but she knows she can if the need arises. This will be her fourth straight year as a lifeguard at the pool.

The time in the chair overlooking the kids splashing and enjoying themselves can possibly get a little boring, but all 13 of the lifeguards know that they have to keep a watchful eye on the youngsters. The training and the supervision provided demand it.

The lifeguards this year at the pool include Amanda Muric, Victoria Ford, Tori Muñoz, Danyel Villarreal, Wesley Wesson, Chase Ellerbee, Mikayla Wesson, Liz Segovia, Darius Thomas, Samuel Navarro, Brent Reyna and Justice Estrada.

The general consensus among the lifeguards is that if they are the ones at the bottom of the pool and need help, it’s Eric that they want coming down to rescue them.

“He’s the best,” a few of them said in unison.
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kitty21
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May 31, 2013
$2 A PERSON???????? Last year it was a dollar...and a couple of years ago it was 75 cents....?