We also discovered that Trev has a pretty serious desire to learn to dive.
Now I don't know the way it works in your home town, but that's not actually an easy thing to accommodate around here, surprisingly enough.
We've got these little kid paradise pools... structures for climbing and sliding... all pools have a huge slide... there are lazy current rivers... beach entries... but not really much in the way of swimming. They're only about three and a half feet deep, at their deepest. They're large and fun, mind you, they're just not much for swimming.
At our preferred pool (the one we've always gone to), there are swim lanes, but they're in a completely different room. And it's not the greatest according to Trev, for there is a constant strong current everywhere in the pool, and you can't just float in still water, anywhere.
A friend introduced us to another pool in her neighborhood, and it was great!, even though it's kind of far from us. In the same room it had a "deep end" - nine feet deep - at one end of the pool. And they let you jump (and dive) off the side! Can't use the (competition) diving blocks, but whatever.
I looked it up yesterday, but it seemed like from their website the leisure pool wasn't open. ??? Called them today to find out if the leisure section was or was not open (not just the swim lanes)... it said it opened at 3pm, but it's just Right There (in the same area), so I wasn't sure.. I did okay until he told me -for the third time- that "because All The Kids Are In School". I heard you! "Well, mine aren't!" I finally said. Sheesh. So it wasn't open.
Looked up a neighborhood pool. Don't like it--the water is too cold, but if it has a diving section, we'll go.
Nope. Closes at 11:30am every day, and doesn't reopen 'til 4pm. sigh.
Call Murray--our usual place. Since Madd can be in the water by herself (she's six), I can go over to the lanes (in the next room) to see how Trev's doing. Call Murray... no diving. Swim lanes only, has no deep end. Hmmph.
I could think of two more options... one on the other side of the valley that would take us twenty minutes plus to get to, and it's totally out of our neighborhood and usual driving range, but if it has what we need...
And another that's really pretty much in our neighborhood. We've never been there because I've actually always thought of it as "a club", and never considered it an option. But called the Lions club.
Their pools are all in one large room. Open daily from noon to 8:30. Has swim lanes (which is excellent for Dad, for when he takes the babes). Has play structure, beach entry, large slide. Has a deep end. Has a deep end that is not Lane Swimming Only. "But... can you dive?" I asked. "Just a minute... not sure... let me transfer you." "But can we dive?" I ask. Oh, yes. You can dive.
Now. If we just like the pool....
I wasn't planning to swim, so I had made myself ready to sit in a hundred degree steamy pool room for a few hours... shorts and tank top. Laptop. Camera. Peanut butter sandwiches.
And just look! Perfect!
A mama can sit right there in the middle, close to the bottom of the slide, close to the deep end, can see the whole place from the view... wonderful.
We have a new hang out, ladies and gentlemen!! Phew.
Spent the day at the pool. Got there sometime a few minutes after noon, swam and swam and climbed stairs and swam (with no coughing the whole time) for about four hours... left starving... stopped for a Right Now supper (I didn't think they'd make it long enough), and Wiped Out for the rest of the day. :) Well--the one hour or so left 'til dark, anyway.
So that took up our whole day... but now we know, and it was so worth it!
I'm so glad to have discovered it!
Now. About those diving lessons...