The brief return of warmer weather this past weekend had families coming back out for the swim sessions offered at the Kinsmen Sportsplex.
“When it got really cold, not many people showed,” said Curtis Dumont, a lifeguard and water safety instructor at the Sportsplex. “As it’s warming up here, we’ll see more of a bump in our attendance.”
The Sportsplex family swims typically draw between 30 and 50 people, Dumont said, including family members who stay after weekend lessons and younger families who are coming out before or after a toddler’s nap time.
For the Sportsplex, “regulars” to the family swim are usually parents and children who accompany someone enrolled in swim lessons.
“Regulars are families that are here for lessons. Within that six to nine week period, those regular peple are here on Saturdays and usually stay to swim a little more,” Dumont explained.
A big draw for families is that the main pool is also opened up, Dumont said.
“Alongside our family swim, we also open up the main pool ... parents will come out with their kids and one will spend time with the kids in the leisure pool, hot tub or water slide while the other jumps in and swims laps for exercise,” he said.
Family swim runs every Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost of admission is the same as other public swims.