May 16, 2006
With summer vastly approaching, swimming pools all around the area are getting ready for the season. Fairview Swim Club in Albemarle County is in the process of transitioning from winter to summer, but it takes a lot of work.
With three pools, two small and one large, the team here at Fairview have a lot of work to do. The winter has left its mark on the pool.
"Well, both of our outdoor pools, have had a lot of algae growth during the winter, uncontrolled growth in grass and different things in them, animals, etc, so every year at this time we have to clean them out, sanitize them, and then refill them, and get them circulating and working", explains J.J. Bean, Director of the Fairview Swim Club.
While the air temperature might vary, the temperature of the water remains the same.
"The water is heated to 80 degrees and it stays there year round. During the summer when it gets warm enough so that the temperature allows it to be above 80, then it goes as high as it does on its own."
Weather plays an important role during a pool season, but with five to six guards on duty during peak hours, the pool is under constant surveillance, so if a thunderstorm does arise, the staff at Fairview know how to handle the situation.
"If we hear thunder then we'll close the pool for about fifteen minutes. If we see lightning then we'll close it for more. If I see a storm coming, and still don't hear any thunder or see lightning then I still, the guard staff is always on guard to close it, if we haven't heard or seen it, just because it's not always easy to hear and see it, and we want to make sure we're always safe,” said Bean.
The Fairview Swim Club doesn't officially open until May 27 at 10 a.m. but some pools in our area have already opened for the season.