Swim team banned from pool because of 87F/30C water temperature


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City officials have informed a competitive swim team that it can no longer practice at the Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center pool.

The team of 20 kids, ages 5-17, have used the pool for nearly five years for practices led by coaches Todd Adams and Mike McLehan, both swim instructors certified by “USA Swimming,” a national governing body for the sport.

On Monday, Steve Gromack, the center’s aquatic director, informed the coaches on the advice of City Attorney Ryan Lane that their use of the pool represented a liability based on water temperature guidelines for competitive swim practice.

General guidelines for competitive swim team training recommend 82 degrees or lower. Bloomfield’s 25-yard, multi-use pool was set at 87 degrees, which is within the range recommended for varied use.

So that is 30.6 degrees Celcius compared to 27.8 degrees Celcius recommended.

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