Posted on: 06.17.2018 at 11:00 a.m.
By Margaret High
The first of next week will come with a splash. The Southeastern N.C. YMCA Columbus County pool in Fair Bluff is set to open one day early next week, becoming the first YMCA pool in this county.
The Whiteville pool at the former Whiteville Country Club will open soon after.
Membership fees have been set, which will grant membership holders access to all YMCA pools in the area, including Whiteville and Wilmington pools.
• $250 for a seasonal family pass,
• $250 for a seasonal senior family pass, which is defined as a grandparent who wishes to take their grandchild(ren) to the pool,
• $100 for a seasonal individual pass,
• $75 for a seasonal student pass (ages 13-17),
• $5 day passes or $20 per family, and
• $80 swim lessons, eight lessons total for various age and level groups.
Seasonal passes start in June and end in September. Membership applications are linked on the SENC YMCA Columbus County Facebook page.
YMCA organizers are also looking to hire workers at the pools. Open positions include lifeguards and front desk attendants. For a complete list of job openings, visit Southeastern N.C. YMCA’s website.
The YMCA anticipates hiring roughly 20 lifeguards. The application process is already open.
The former Whiteville Country Club pool is being prepared for opening, with an official opening date yet to be determined.
“We’re getting a lot of calls from families who want their children to learn to swim,” said Lauren Cole, coordinator for the YMCA pool facilities.
Swim lessons are set to begin in July. Locations will also offer Swim for Life, a water safety program available to ages 5-adult. It’s a free program made available to those who are unable to afford swimming lessons.
Cole is in the process of searching for sponsors and donors to the Swim for Life program and other scholarships that will be made available for applicants.
“The town commission in Fair Bluff is fully supporting the pool,” Cole said. “They’re endorsing us, they’re offering their community support. No money is being spent, but just offering support in the ways they can.”