Polar Bear Swim at Aquatic Centre
The Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre is holding a Polar Bear Swim between 1 and 4 p.m. on Friday.
This is the first event of its kind at the pool, and is a strategic move to facilitate cooling the water for eventual drainage and maintenance of the area.
“We’re going to be using ice shavings from the arena next door,” said Jessica Jonas, aquatic supervisor. “The temperature will depend on what we can get it at, and I’m thinking probably in the 70 [degree Fahrenheit range]. We don’t want to cause any medical problems.”
The heater was scheduled to be turned off in the main pool yesterday (Wednesday).
Once the water is cool on Friday, the games will begin.
“There will be all different types of relays and activities happening,” Jonas said. “It’ll be a variety of games happening and there will be some prizes.”
The exact events weren’t decided as of press time Tuesday.
A barbecue will also be available just outside the centre.
The pool will be closed all of September to restructure the gutters, touch up paint and put sand in the filters, as well as other maintenance.
The gym area remains open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the duration.
Last year’s maintenance lasted from mid August to early October.
The Aquatic Centre hosts various events throughout the year, usually during cultural occasions such as at Halloween, Christmas and on Valentine’s Day.
The Polar Bear Swim is open to participants of all ages.