‘Everybody In the Water’

by on July 18, 2023 · 6 comments

in Health, Ocean Beach, San Diego

Everybody in the Water: It’s Hot. Stay Cool. Stay Safe.

By Colleen O’Connor

The heat wave is here to stay. Some suggestions.

Find some shade. Some trees. Some fountains. Pool. Ocean or Bay. Some Water.

Get in it. By it. Under it. On it. Drink it. Lots of it.

One of the great gifts of San Diego’s geography is the water that surrounds us. Find a municipal pool near you. LIST here. See for yourself.

Bud Kearns Municipal Pool

Perhaps the politicians will extend those hours, especially the “shallow end only” times, and fund more lifeguards. Open the pools and keep them open. Pay the lifeguards more. And let children in free.

Less photo ops and more solutions.

Get in it, even if you just stand. Be your own lifeguard. Take the children. Keep them close by. Hold their hands. Stay in the shallow end. Less than 4 ft. Same with the ocean water, only be safer. Always be by their side. Water wings or children’s life vests are a big plus. Also, sunscreen.

Perhaps the County Administration building will turn on the front display fountains to let everyone get happily wet.

Or the schools lucky enough to have pools will extend their hours and let the public in. Even cooling centers are a gift. Ask your neighbors or local church about those shelters.

If none of the above is available, cold showers help. Fans and air-conditioning for those inside and lucky enough to have either provide relief.

And no need to worry about another “drought.” El Nino is a near certainty. More rain than normal is coming to San Diego. And after the recent run of fabulous drenching, the City has more than enough water.

Everybody in the water. And every San Diegan should stay cool, safe, and hydrated.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Gravitas July 19, 2023 at 8:59 am

“Santee is fortunate…..YCMA has three separate public outdoor pools for all age groups, Santana HS has open pools hours during summer, Santee Lakes has a splash area for children to keep cool and a small pool for those camping there.” From a grade school classmate.


Sadie July 19, 2023 at 7:18 pm

I wonder what the end game is for our city, letting our city swimming pools deteriorate when they could provide relief from this heat? Our city’s families aren’d running around having fun, they’re trying to keep cool! For God sake, pay some lifeguards & open the pools, the fountains, and stop asking us to hang out in a grocery store, library etc.


Gravitas July 20, 2023 at 9:08 am

The Atlantic: “The Lifeguard shortage never ends.” PAY THEM MORE. GIVE them OVERTIME!


Gravitas July 22, 2023 at 9:42 am
Gravitas July 26, 2023 at 8:29 am

GREAT NEWS… Barrio Logan swimming pool gets LIFEGUARDS! THANK YOU OB Rag

Barrio Logan swimming pool reopens after getting lifeguards


Gravitas August 2, 2023 at 11:12 am

Finally, the SDUT catches on. Gives pool schedules.


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