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Clowns entertain, share water safety tips at Breckenridge pool

Clowns entertain, share water safety tips at Breckenridge pool
June 02
10:16 2019

Gus Gus and Short Stack, clowns with Sacred Cross EMS, showed up at the Breckenridge City Pool on Saturday afternoon to help teach the kids about water safety.

Shane “Gus Gus” Dunstan, left, and Ellen “Short Stack” Watkins with Sacred Cross EMS’s Cross Saftey Pals program demonstrate how to put on a life jacket at the Breckenridge City Pool on Saturday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Lane Dunstan)

They taught the kids:

  • to have a responsible adult around any time they go swimming,
  • always jump feet first the first time you enter a pool so that you know how deep the pool is and make sure it’s safe for diving into
  • the importance of life jackets and swim lessons.

Ellen Watkins, EMT, and Shane Dunstan, Support Services Manager, are Short Stack and Gus Gus with the Cross Saftey Pals program of Sacred Cross EMS.

Pool Operations

The Breckenridge Aquatic Center is located in Miller Park, aka the City Park, at East Walker Street and Old Caddo Road. It will be open through Aug. 4.

The pool will be open Tuesday through Saturday in two sessions, from 1-4 p.m. and from 4:30-7:30 p.m., and on Sundays from 2-6 p.m. The pool will close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

The entry fee is $2.50 per person, per session; children age 3 and younger will be admitted at no charge.

The pool will be open for adults only (for water aerobics) from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, and it will be open for daycares from 9-10:30 a.m. and 10:30-noon on Wednesdays.

The pool will close during thunderstorms, according to information on the City of Breckenridge’s website. Everyone at the pool will be cleared from the water and the surrounding area at the first sound of thunder. The pool will be reopened when there has been no thunder for at least 15 minutes and the sky shows evident signs of clearing. The pool manager will make the decision about when to reopen.

SWIMMING LESSONS

The City of Breckenridge will offer swimming lessons in two sessions this summer.

Session 1 will be June 4-27, and Session 2 will be July 9-Aug. 1. The cost is $35 per child.

Registration forms can be picked up at the City Offices, 105 N. Rose St.

For more information, call the City of Breckenridge at 254-559-8287.

Short Stack and Gus Gus entertain the kids at the Breckenridge City Pool with water blasters on Saturday. The clowns are part of the Cross Saftey Pals program with Sacred Cross EMS, and they also gave water safety tips to the kids. (Photo courtesy of Lane Dunstan)

Cutline, top photo: Shane “Gus Gus” Dunstan demonstrates pool safety with some children at the Breckenridge City Pool on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Lane Dunstan)

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