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From left are Luke Lawson, 6, Blake Winters, 10, Garrett Avery, 10, Eduardo Isias, 10, Eduardo Juarez, 8, Francisco Juarez, 13, Trey Brookins, 14, and Peyton Lewandowski, 8. PAIGE ROMAN/Staff. (click for larger version)
June 17, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Things are looking sunny at the Cumming Aquatic Center.

Carla Wilson, Cumming Aquatic Center manager, said the facility has had a huge turnout this summer.

"It's all weather dependent," Wilson said. "This summer has been fantastic. Last summer, all of the rain kept people from coming in. This year has been great."

Leading up to the summer, the staff of 60 lifeguards went through an extensive training process to ensure they would be alert and ready up on the stands.

Wilson said all lifeguards at the Aquatic Center go through American Red Cross and first aid training and are also required to acquire outdoor waterpark and oxygen certifications.

Unlike other pools around the area, the Cumming Aquatic Center has at least seven lifeguards on duty at a time and are placed in and around the pool based on zones.

Along with the lifeguards who are on duty, there is also a supervisor present at all times.

"We don't do it by ratio," Wilson said. "Whether there are two or 20 kids in the pool, there are still the same amount of lifeguards on duty in each zone."

Wilson said the entire staff took a day to review all of the procedures and certifications before the pool opened up for the season.

"We also provide recertifications for each of our lifeguards, so that they are always up to date," Wilson said.

The Cumming Aquatic Center is now open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.cummingaquaticcenter.com.

Cumming Aquatic Center is open daily:

Outdoor pool is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Free for children under 2 years old, $4 daily swim (2-17 years and 60 and older), $5 (18-59 years). For more information on pricing, visit www.cummingaquaticcenter.com.

On the weekends, they offer space for parties and cabanas to be rented for $50.

Aquatic Center features:

Lazy river pool

Water slide

Olympic-size indoor pool

Concession stand

Swim lessons

Group exercise classes

Swim and dive teams

Red Cross lifeguard training classes

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