HANFORD — Just in time for the first triple-digit heat wave, The Plunge, Hanford’s public swimming pool, is now officially open for the summer season and offers public swim, swim lessons, senior water aerobics and movie nights.
Recreation Supervisor Armando da Silva said Tuesday was The Plunge’s first official day open for the summer season.
The Plunge is closed Mondays and is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays until Aug. 5. There is also family swim on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:15-8:30 p.m. Children 7 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult at the pool.
After Aug. 5, the pool will only open on the weekends until Aug. 26.
When the pool opened last summer, the popular waterslide was out of commission; but this year, the slide is operational and a long line of kids waited their turn to slide down Tuesday afternoon.
Jacob Taylor, a head lifeguard at the pool, said kids have to be at least 48 inches (4 feet) tall to ride the waterslide and must have the proper swimwear.
Da Silva said one of the most popular attractions at the pool is the “Dive in Theatre” that is scheduled every other Friday night.
Attendees pay $1 to get in and can swim while a movie plays or sit on the deck and watch. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk.
This year’s lineup of movies includes “Coco” on June 22, “Despicable Me 3” on July 6 and “Cars 3” on July 20.
Swim lessons continue to be offered at the pool, including group lessons and private lessons. The group lessons cost $45 and take place for 30 minutes Tuesdays-Fridays for two weeks.
The first session is already underway, but upcoming group sessions take place on June 26-July 6, July 10-20 and July 24-Aug. 3.
Six different types of group lessons are offered at the pool: tiny tots; guppies; beginner; advanced beginner; intermediate; and swimmer. Water Babies, which includes a parent and their baby or toddler participating in pool activities, is also offered.
Private lessons also take place for 30 minutes, but for only one week Mondays-Fridays. Private lessons cost $55 and upcoming sessions take place June 18-22; June 25-29; July 9-13; July 16-20; and July 23-27.
Da Silva said the pool will continue its senior water aerobics class and added adult lap swim for people 18 years and older is also available. The water aerobics class costs $11 and both programs take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10 a.m.
To sign up for group or private swim lessons, or to inquire about senior water aerobics or adult lap swim, call 585-2524 or visit the Parks and Recreation office at City Hall, 321 N. Douty St. You must sign up in person for swim lessons and registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
As always, the pool regularly hosts summer schools and day camps, so Taylor said it can get pretty packed some days. He said out of the more than 20 lifeguards the pool employs, at least 12 lifeguards are on duty on any given day.
Free Splash Pads are also available throughout the city from noon to 8 p.m. every day of the week until Aug 31. Locations include Hidden Valley Park, Centennial Park, Coe Park and Freedom Park.