The triple-digit temperatures lingering in the Tri-Valley have been good for business at the local swimming holes.
Keith Haase, recreation supervisor of the San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center on Broadmoor Drive and the Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center off Bollinger Canyon Road, says that while the maximum capacity of the pools has not been reached, the pools have been a popular destination for those wanting to stay cool.
"Not all communities have the luxury" of being home to two large swimming facilities, says Haase, who has worked for the city for the past eight years.
In addition to free public swimming times each afternoon, both pools also host swim groups and camps for all ages. There are various swim teams such as the Aquacats, ClubSport Marlins and All Valley Divers. Haase said there are also a growing number of adult groups taking advantage of the benefits of the water. There are water aerobics classes, scuba training, water Zumba, San Ramon Valley Livermore Aquatics Masters, adult fitness programs ranging from novice swimmers to triathletes and more. Swim lessons and lifeguard certification courses are also available at the pools.
Haase oversees a staff of more than 120 employees and volunteers from as young as 14 years old. Haase says he and Recreation Coordinator Andrew Hubbard both grew up at the pool. Haase says he started volunteering at his local pool in Fairfield and got hired when he turned 15.
Today Haase says he enjoys dual aspects about his job and role in the community.
"Teaching life lessons to the community and keeping people water-safe," he says, "is ultimately the more important job. A community that learns how to swim decreases the frequency of water accidents wherever people go," he adds.
Being that positive role model to his young staff is the other aspect of his position that he says he enjoys. Growing up and thriving in a structured environment at the pool sites, says Haase, teaches them a sense of responsibility and pride in the work they do for the community.
The San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center, located next to California High School, has three pools: the 50-meter lap pool with diving boards and a cool tube water slide; a 25-yard pool and a zero-depth entry wading pool with fun play structure for tiny tots. A grassy hill shaded by large trees and covered picnic table area are available.
The Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center located at Dougherty Valley High School has an Olympic size pool, zero-entry play pool and diving boards. Recreational swim times vary and are mostly in the afternoon and evenings.
Visit www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/programs/aquatics.htm for specific times or call 925-973-3240 for the Olympic Pool and 925-973-3335 for the Dougherty Valley pool. Entrance fee is $4 per person. Season and family passes are also available.
DON'T MISS IT: A Garden Tea Party in honor of Ruth Quayle Boone will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. July 28 at the Forest Home Farms Historic Park, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd. Boone was a relative of Daniel Boone and a benefactor who bequeathed her family home to the city for the park. Tickets are $25 and can be bought by downloading a reservation form at www.sanramonhistoricfoundation.org. The event is sponsored by the San Ramon Historic Foundation.
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