Safety is Top Priority as People Pack Local Pools

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

School is out and the heat is on in the wiregrass.

That combination makes for busy times over at the Water World Water Park in Dothan, where summer safety is always a top priority.

Temperatures have been consistently in the 90's.

That means people are pouring into Dothan city pools to stay cool and with all those people coming through, officials have to stay on top of their game to keep everyone safe.

“Attendance has been pretty good,” said head lifeguard Alex Culbreth.
“On Saturdays we do well over 1,000,” said Operations Manager Kelly Carter.

With all those bodies jumping in to stay cool, safety becomes top priority.

We have a good staff we're happy with everybody and you're right safety is number one out here.

Carter says her staff completes a number of tasks to ensure everyone's safety.

“We check our chlorine every two hours, not just the chlorine but the PH and all these other levels,” said Carter.

“We do a lot of park walk through for hazards. We had to shut down the kiddies’ pool a couple of weeks ago because some of our concrete was just not even enough and it was a tripping hazard,” she added.

Lifeguards are also an important part of the safety equation.

“We've had a couple of rescues but it's been down from previous years,” said Culbreth.

“They do drills on a weekly basis, mandatory drills, if they can't do those drills then they're pool,” added Carter.

Shane angle is a father of a 5-year-old boy.

“He loves swimming, he loves slides, and he’s an outdoorsy kind of kid,”

He says he trusts the trained lifeguards and takes his own safety precautions.

“Well it's kind of nerve racking cause he's only five and he doesn’t know how to swim so he has his life jacket on and I just keep my eye on him and just let him be a kid,” said Angle.

Carter says Water World’s list of top priorities is as follows.

“Safety number one, fun number two,” chuckled Carter.

Another thing that a lot of people have talked about recently is what you can't see under the water: the drains.

In the past, drains could actually cause enough suction to trap someone under water.

But new laws have changed all that to help keep everyone safe.

Water world is open seven days a week during June and July.

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