By Tim Chambers
Where can you go in Johnson County to beat the heat, have fun, exercise and learn? The local public pool in downtown Mountain City is your best bet.
The pool has been in operation for a number of years and many adults can recall some special times they had there.
That is the case for Sadie Fletcher Lundy who oversees the lifeguards there. This is her fifth summer working at the pool and every one of them has been special. It’s something she always wanted to do.
“I remember watching the lifeguards when I was 12 and 13 and hoping that I could do that one day,” said Lundy. “The American Red Cross requires that you be 15 before you can work as a lifeguard. I got my certification at 15 and I’ve been doing it every summer since then.”
Sadie’s grandfather, Earl Gambill, has managed the pool for a number of years, and her mother ran it when Sadie was a small child. The former Hampton standout softball player would love to see the pool remain open for many more years to come.
“The pool is one of few places where parents can send their children and know they are not in harm’s way,” added Lundy. “We watch every move that they make to insure their safety. As a lifeguard we want to be role models for these kids. A lot of them look up to us. It’s a job that we all take very seriously. None of us do drugs or anything like that.”
The challenging part about being a lifeguard is the number of people that you are responsible for.
“We have day camps and Christian camps that come up to swim,” said Lundy.” There are sometimes 100-150 people that you are responsible for. At times you can’t stir them with a spoon. But it’s not something that we see every day.”
The pool has a variety of things going on at present.
They offer aerobic classes in the morning and swimming lessons is the afternoon. The aerobic lessons are for all ages and they last for one hour beginning at 10 am in the morning.
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.