Swimmers with babies are reminded that starting on Monday, children under three must now wear plastic swim pants over swim diapers when swimming at pools in Red Deer.
The city announced the change in mid-March to comply with Alberta Health and Wellness Pool Standards.
“Pool goers have generally been understanding, with some parents already using swim pants for their little ones,” said Tammy Greba, program co-ordinator for the Collicutt Centre.
“We do understand this affects some children who are already potty-trained, but we believe it will result in fewer pool closures and a healthier swimming environment for everybody to enjoy.”
When fecal matter enters city pools, it disrupts services to all swimmers because staff is required to clear the pool and follow specific procedures to treat the water. The process may take up to an hour. It may also result in cancellation of scheduled swim lessons, lane swims and special events.
Parents can purchase swim diapers or plastic swim pants at city pools or from other retailers. The plastic swim pants sold at city pools are reusable, washable, and feature cloth waistbands and soft elastic. They are available in a variety of sizes and cost $2 each.
For more information, visit www.reddeer.ca/rpc.