Even Swimming Pool Staff Take Precautions to Beat the Heat
The excessive heat in the metro has many people flocking to area pools to cool off. Officials at the Crystal Cove Aquatic Center say it’s been busier than usual the past few days.
When temperatures reach the 90s, lifeguards at the Crystal Cove Pool take several precautions to stay safe and cool during hot temperatures. They are encouraged to get in the pool to cool off and try to keep in the shade. Lifeguards also take more safety breaks during excessive heat.
“When it comes to heat exhaustion, we’re always encouraging staff to drink lots of water and to really stay in the shade, but if they start to feel ill at all, we have a procedure that they follow and let us know right away,” said Crystal Cove Aquatic Center Manager Gretchen Enselein.
She says lifeguards also rotate being outside when it’s sweltering. However, it’s challenging because of short staffing levels. At the beginning of the season, Crystal Cove limited hours a little to ensure staff didn’t get burnt out.
“Our staff has been really great this year in the fact that they’re willing to help out and pick up extra hours,” explained Enselein.
Pool hours are shorter at the beginning of the week. Monday through Wednesday, Crystal Cove is open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. instead of closing at 7:00 p.m.