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Q: Please outline the city’s preparation for the upcoming pool season.


Answer: Two city pools will be open starting Saturday for Memorial Day weekend, with several others opening in the near future.

Bolton and Kimberley Park pools and Winston Waterworks aquatics park will open this Saturday through Monday, Bolton from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the other two from noon to 6.

Starting June 1, Bolton will be open daily for the summer. Kimberley Park, Long Creek and Polo pools, and Winston Waterworks, will be open the weekend of June 1-2. All pools except Parkland, which remains under construction, will be open the weekend of June 8-9, and will open daily starting June 12.

All pools except Winston Waterworks will offer free daily children’s swim lessons starting June 12, with signups starting at 10 a.m. June 8 at each pool. Additional swim lessons will start July 9 and July 22, with signups on July 6 and 20 respectively.

The Recreation and Parks department says that this year, Polo and Bolton pools will offer a parent/child swim program “for children 4 and up and for parents who want to learn to teach their own children how to swim.”

Free adult swim lessons will start June 15 at Kimberley Park and Polo swimming pools, and a “Babes in Arms” program for parents and children ages six months to three years old will be held Saturdays at Winston Waterworks. People interested in those classes should contact the pool they want to attend a week before to preregister.

As a reminder, here are the rules for swimmers in the city pools:

Children less than 48 inches tall will be asked to take a swim test when they arrive at the pool. If they pass the test, they will receive a green wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool. If they do not pass the test, they will receive a red wrist band and a life jacket, and can go in the shallow end of the pool up to 3.5 feet. Those life jackets are not required in water play areas at Bolton, Kimberley Park and Winston Waterworks.

The swim test consists of treading water for a minute and swimming 25 yards without touching the bottom. As the staff get to know the children who attend often, lifeguards may issue green wrist bands to children who they know can swim without administering a swim test.

Patrons over 48 inches tall will be required to take a swim test if lifeguards observe that they may be poor swimmers or non-swimmers. Those who do not pass will be issued a life jacket and a yellow wrist band that allows them to go anywhere in the pool except the deep end for the diving boards. Any patron who refuses to take a swim test will have to leave the pool grounds.

Swimmers caught in the wrong section of the pool will be asked to sit out for 15 minutes, and if caught a second time will have to leave the pool.

All children attending a pool as a day-care or summer-camp activity will be required to take swim tests and follow the wrist-band policy.

More information about the aquatics program, pool calendars and hours, and dates for swim lessons is available at

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Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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