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Where are the swimming pools?

One thing my family noticed when we moved to the Central Coast in 2002 was the shortage of swimming pools, especially in the South County and North Coast. Besides the pools at the high schools which have limited access, there is an indoor pool in Arroyo Grande , one on the road to Avila Beach (by the campground), and one at the health club in Avila Beach. There is a small lap pool at the AG Kennedy club too.

It’s really noticeable when my kids have swimming in PE at the high school. In the Bay Area we belonged to a great family health club that had 2 pools and they were on the swim team which was real good exercise for them. They haven’t swimmed that much in years but they are still in the advanced group in their PE class since most of the other kids have limited swimming skills.

With all the talk of child obesity, it would seem like swimming would be excellent exercise but where do you go? As our senior population increases, water aerobics would be very beneficial too.

I sure wish that some of these developers had pitched in for a South County swimming center. Unless some other private corporation sees the opportunity to build a nice health club, I don’t know if the area will ever get a good swimming pool for the community.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile