The Shaunavon Swimming Pool ended it last week of swimming with its traditional End of Summer Bash on the evening of Aug. 24 featuring a barbecue supper and glow swimming.
Pool Manager Kennedy Stearns said it was a very good year for the pool, despite the presence of health restrictions during the first half of the season.
Pool attendance was restricted to 80 people when the restrictions were in place during the month of June.
“Unfortunately, we did have to turn people away when it was so hot outside in June, because we reached capacity a few times in the pool,” explained Stearns.
The restrictions were finally lifted in July, which allowed the pool to host special events.
The change also came just in time for the sweltering temperatures of July.
“It was a lot busier than last summer," smiled Stearns. "It was nice when the Covid restrictions lifted and we were able to allow all visitors into the pool. That was really appreciated during the heat wave."
In 2020, with full Covid restrictions in place, the Shaunavon pool was only able to hold swimming lessons during a two-week period, with limits on the number of participants and the number of classes.
But there was a full slate of swimming lessons offered this year and classes for most of the higher levels were filled.
“There was a couple levels that weren't completely filled, but again compared to last summer we had a lot more people taking lessons,” said Stearns.
Sadly, the weather changed significantly for most of August compared to the heat waves experienced in June and July, and that drop in temperature impacted attendance.
“It cooled down quite a bit in August, so the last week hasn't been the greatest closing week," she offered. "But overall, it was a really good summer and the weather was definitely on our side for sure.”
Stearns added that the pool's slow week in August also allowed the life guards to get some "deep cleaning" completed.
The Shaunavon Swimming Pool also hosted several other regular events throughout the summer, including Early Bird, Aquasize and Lane Swim.
The pool officially wrapped up its season on Friday (August 27) night with the annual Doggie Swim.
Jacob Miller, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shaunavon Standard