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Municipal pools ready for the swimming season

Apart from the unpleasant weather over the weekend, Spring has officially sprung and the scorching summer days are upon us.

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) is ready to help beat the heat with the opening of all new and revamped community pools for the swimming season.

In preparation of the splish-splash season, the EMM conducted extensive maintenance and repair works in all its pools during the winter season while constructing new pools in other areas of the Metro.

The swimming season preparation work also included an advanced training course for lifeguards who will serve communities as qualified lifesavers, trained by Lifesaving South Africa.

“The certification they obtained is valid for a year and must be renewed annually through theoretical and practical examination” said the spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Metro, Themba Gadebe.

“In an effort to curb the rising number of drowning cases in community pools and ensure the residents’ safety, the municipality is offering patrons of all ages from three years old the Learn-to-Swim program conducted by qualified swimming instructors,” added Gadebe.

The program aims to assist a person with no swimming skills, or even develop intermediate swimmers into advanced swimmers.

Ekurhuleni has over 30 community swimming pools, with two lifeguards allocated to each swimming pool who are responsible for all lifesaving duties, facility management, water treatment and testing, asset control, housekeeping, and crowd control.

The EMM’s community swimming pools operating hours are as follows:

Mondays (closed), Tuesdays to Saturdays (10am to 6pm), Sundays and public holidays (2pm to 6pm).

Swimming pools in the Brakpan area are: Brakpan Swimming Pool (Elliot Road) ,   Faranani Swimming Pool (Tsakane) Geluksdal Swimming Pool (Geluksdal).

The entrance fee to all community pools with a turn-style gate is R5 per person.

School children will not be allowed entry to public swimming pools during school hours, unless prior arrangements have been made by their school.

This is, however, subject to approval by the Metro’s Sports and Recreation Department.

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