Happy days here again for salt water pool devotees

St Clair Salt Water Pool supervisor Gaye Brooks is ready and waiting for her first customers of...
St Clair Salt Water Pool supervisor Gaye Brooks is ready and waiting for her first customers of the season. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
All the winter debris has been cleared away and the water in St Clair Salt Water Pool is sparkling - ready and waiting for the first swimmers of the season.

The only problem is the current residents, who moved in over winter, have not yet moved on. Seagulls have made the northwest corner of the pool premises their home after redevelopment of the esplanade wrecked their previous roost.

Pool supervisor Gaye Brooks said it had meant a little extra water blasting was needed to keep the rest area clean but otherwise everything was in tip-top condition for opening today.

Last summer's good weather saw 40,800 visits to the pool, up from 28,000 four years ago.

"Our big days are the sunny, warm days."

A new seconds clock had been installed for lap swimmers and the lane dividers were ready to help stave off any "lane rage". She was hoping for nice weather to begin the season this weekend but was prepared if heavy rain or high seas disrupted it.

 

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