Anita Reynolds teaches water safety to third-grade students from Sandrock Elementary School on Tuesday at the Moffat County High School swimming pool. The pool recently reopened and is available nightly for lap and open swimming.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Anita Reynolds teaches water safety to third-grade students from Sandrock Elementary School on Tuesday at the Moffat County High School swimming pool. The pool recently reopened and is available nightly for lap and open swimming.

High school pool reopens for public swimming

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What: Swimming pool at Moffat County High School

When: Lap swimming from 6 to 7 p.m. and open swimming from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; lap swimming from noon to 1 p.m. and open swimming from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

• Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, punch and season passes available.

• For more information, call the school at 826-6557

— As the temperature outside continues to plummet, people looking to stay in shape will be forced to find new avenues to exercise.

Sylvia Griffiths, Craig Pool Complex aquatics manager, has one suggestion.

Swim.

The pool at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, reopened for public swimming in October.

"It's a fun way to get some exercise in the winter," Griffiths said. "Come in, check in, pay and swim."

During the week, the pool is open to anyone from to 7 p.m. for lap swimming, and open swimming is from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturdays, the pool will be open from noon to 1 p.m. for lap swimming and from 1 to 4 p.m. for open swimming.

The pool is closed Sundays.

Swimmers are advised to use the back doors near the locker rooms to enter.

The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

A 20-punch pass costs $35, and a 10-punch pass costs $20.

Season passes cost $60 for an individual or $85 for a family.

The pool normally is open from mid-October to mid-May, but Griffiths said the school waited for enough lifeguards to sign up before reopening this year.

The pool already has been filled with smaller swimmers.

"The school district has been having swimming lessons every day," Griffiths said. "Between now and Thanksgiving, Sunset and Ridgeview will be at the pool. It's been school personnel, city personnel and volunteers watching them."

Now that it is open, the pool will close only for certain events at the high school, Griffiths said.

"When we have Steamboat come in for basketball, we want to have the back hallway open," she said. "Or when there are big tournaments, and all four locker rooms are being used, then the officials will use the lockers at the pool, and that doesn't leave people a lot of room to change."

Griffiths said swimmers will know in advance before the pool closes.

There also will be several programs offered during the course of the year.

Water aerobics classes will resume Jan. 5, and an adult swimming class would start in March.

There also will be lifeguard training lessons during winter break, and anyone interested should call Griffiths at 826-2017.

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