Q&A with Miranda Nelson

June 26, 2013 

Q&A with Miranda Nelson

City of Residence: Kathleen

Occupation: Aquatics supervisor, Warner Robins Recreation Department

QUESTION: How many pools does the City of Warner Robins have?

ANSWER: Three pools, but we only use two. Fountain Pool off Kimberly Road and Sewell Pool off Wallace Drive are used for public swimming and other programs. Memorial Pool off Armed Forces Boulevard is leased to the Warner Robins Aquanauts, a local competitive swim club.

QUESTION: What programs does the city offer?

ANSWER: In the summer the big thing is swimming -- open, public swimming from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hours at Fountain Pool are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 6. It’s closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

QUESTION: How about Sewell?

ANSWER: Until July, it’s open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Friday it’s open at 1 p.m., Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 1. It’s open until 6 all three days. In July, it’s only open Saturdays and Sundays.

QUESTION: What’s the cost? Are there age requirements?

ANSWER: It’s $2. You have to be 16 years old to come by yourself. Younger children have to have an adult. Everyone has to wear a standard bathing suit. You can wear a bathing suit as a base and have a T-shirt or gym shorts over it, but you have to have a bathing suit. Cut-offs aren’t allowed. Babies have to wear a plastic swim diaper.

QUESTION: When does swimming end?

ANSWER: Well, once school goes back into session, that’s Aug. 1 this year, we open only on weekends. We close for good on Labor Day.

QUESTION: How about other programs?

ANSWER: We offer swimming classes for 3 year olds through adult. We have year-round water aerobics for those 18 and up, and we offer lifeguard and water safety programs in the fall.

QUESTION: What do the swimming lessons involve?

ANSWER: We have four two-week morning and evening sessions through the summer. Classes are various levels to meet needs. Costs are $35 for city residents, $65 for county residents and $100 those outside the county. It’s best to contact the recreation department for details.

QUESTION: And water aerobics?

ANSWER: They are year round from 9-10 a.m. at Fountain Pool only. In June, July and August we also offer evening aerobics from 6 to 7. Cost for water aerobics is, for seniors 50 and up, $25 a month no matter where they live. Otherwise, city residents pay $40 and county residents pay $61. It’s $102 a month for anyone outside the county. That’s for classes four days a week. There are no classes Wednesdays or weekends.

QUESTION: And lifeguarding?

ANSWER: We offer Red Cross classes in the fall. That’s how we get a lot of our lifeguards.

QUESTION: What kind of staff do you have at the pools?

ANSWER: Normally, we have six lifeguards. At any given time, two collect money and are available for first aid, two are on deck walking around keeping an eye on things and two will be on the stands watching over the pool.

Every Wednesday, the guards come and we clean and disinfect pools. We also do rescue training to stay on top of our skills. We take that very seriously.

QUESTION: Any idea how many use the pools for swimming?

ANSWER: We don’t allow more than 135 people in the pool at a time. Any given good-weather day we hit that, and some people have to wait for others to leave to get in. So, that’s 135-plus a day.

For information on swimming and programs, call 293-1070.

Answers may have been edited for length and clarity. Compiled by Michael W. Pannell. Contact him at mwpannell@gmail.com.

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