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Gilley Pool gearing up for new Lap Swim Program
McMinnville Parks and Recreation wellness and aquatics coordinator Matt McColloch is in need of 15 new lifeguards this summer. Signups are being taken for a lifeguard certification class to begin May 3. He is also in charge of the citys new Lap Swim Program that begins May 9 and gives people a chance for a low-impact workout at Gilley Pool.

McMinnville Civic Center’s new Lap Swim Program begins May 9 for people looking for a self-paced, low-impact, no-hassle workout.
In addition, the city is offering a lifeguard class with the need to hire 15 new lifeguards.
“This program is developed for serious patrons looking to utilize the lap lanes of the pool either early in the morning or late in the evening,” said Matt McColloch, wellness and aquatics coordinator for McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department.
The upcoming swimming season, and the addition of lap swim, has the department in need of 15 lifeguards for the summer. McColloch will be offering a lifeguard certification class May 3, 4 and 5 from 3-8 p.m., and May 7 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The class is $150.
“Some years I only need a few lifeguards,” said McColloch. “This year, I need 15 new ones. I’m certified to offer lifeguard classes. If anyone is interested in taking the course, they can sign up now.”
For those who think they have the right stuff to be a lifeguard but they aren’t quite sure, the first evening will tell the tale. May 3 will determine a person’s swimming ability. Anyone unable to pass that test will have their $150 fee refunded.
Anyone interested in participating in the Lap Swim Program, should become familiar with swimming etiquette. To avoid conflict and make everyone’s swimming experience more enjoyable, the department is asking everyone to adhere to Lap Swim Etiquette. The information is on city’s website, selecting “Parks and Recreation” under the departments tab, selecting “Lap Swim Program” under Gilley Pool, and clicking on “Lap Swim Etiquette.”
“Its common sense stuff, but everyone needs a little reminder from time to time,” said McColloch. “Using a little etiquette and everyone can have an enjoyable experience.”
Also available on the website is a Lap Swim schedule for May, June, July, August and September. In May: Lap Swim is available May 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, and 27 from 2-5 p.m., May 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, and 31 from 6-8 a.m., May 30 from 5-7 p.m., and May 31 from 9-10 a.m.
Only pool pass and lap swim pass holders will have access to lap swim times before and after normal operating hours. Season individual pool passes can be purchased before July 1 for $85. Individual lap swim passes are $40 and are good for 30 days.
For more information about the Lap Swim Program or to sign up for lifeguard class, contact McMinnville Parks and Recreation at 473-1212.