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Wayne Grincewicz: Questions swim test in shallow end of pool

To the editor:

My son and I just went to the Mill River Pool in Amherst and found out that all kids entering the pool now must pass a swim test of four widths of the pool in the shallow end without touching and 1 minute of treading water.

I thought this was to go into the 10-foot area of the pool. But no, it is a new rule just to go into the pool. Most of the shallow end is below my son’s height and he can swim intermediately well and can probably pass the test.

I can understand testing to go into the deep end but people will probably choose to go to other places to swim if their kids can’t pass this test ... hence, loss of revenue. There are two lifeguards on duty so what are they there for? It’s great to want everyone to swim but not realistic to test them to come into the pool initially. Most kids are taller than the depth. If there’s a problem with someone’s ability, they go and tell them and the parent to not be in the deeper parts. There will be higher fees because of this or one less lifeguard next year with this rule change. Good intentions that go too far.

Wayne Grincewicz

South Deerfield

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