INDIANAPOLIS – Several Indianapolis public pools will open for Memorial Day weekend and officials are working to make sure everyone is safe.
The Parks Department has been cleaning the facilities, training staff, and testing the water leading up this weekend’s opening.
When swimmers jump in the water, people like Alyssa Webb will be monitoring the PH levels every single hour.
“We wanna make sure that our chlorine is up to par, our PH is perfect, so our patrons are getting into safe clean water,” said the Aquatics Supervisor for the Sahm Park pool.
Safety is top of mind especially after several children were electrified in a Florida pool. Video of the incident shows a getting shocked and paralyzed in the water after grabbing onto the hand rail. Officials blamed shoddy electrical work.
An Indy Parks spokeswoman stressed the importance the department places on public safety over fun in the sun. All of the equipment is checked before letting anyone into the water. On top of that, there are dozens of lifeguards monitoring every inch of the pools.
“They’re constantly moving. They’re constantly making sure they’re safe at all times. And then we have head guards and myself who walk the deck and… make sure they`re doing what they’re supposed to be doing so we are on top of our safety,” explained Webb.
Sahm Park Manager Brittany VanMeter added that learning how to swim should also be something families ought to think about this summer.
According to the CDC, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death for children and sixth for people of all ages.
“You know how to cook, you know how to clean. Everyone should be comfortable in the water,” said VanMeter. “We have a lot of adults that are very nervous, because they do, they think that swim lessons are for little kids. And that’s just not the case.”
The Parks Department offers a variety of swimming classes for kids and adults that include private one-one-one lessons.
For more information on classes and hour of operation, click here.