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Eleven-year-old Jackson Stone can't wait for the Black Mountain Pool to open. To him, it means the start of the sport he has come to love.

Last summer, through participation on the Black Mountain Swim League, Jackson developed a love for swimming. After much stroke improvement and fun in meet competition last year, he will again be part of the team.

In every community, a pool's opening is one of the surest signs that summer is here, it seems. Memorial Day weekend marked the beginning of the summer swim season in Black Mountain. The Black Mountain pool at 401 Laurel Circle Drive at Lake Tomahawk serves as a hub of activity, drawing many for fun and exercise. Many parents love the contrast to hot summer and appreciate an affordable way to entertain kids when school is out.

This year's pool schedule and programs will be similar to what residents saw last year, a program that offers choices for all ages. The pool is owned and managed by the town.

Open on weekends through June 7, the pool operates daily June 12 through Labor Day weekend.

Buying a season pass now will increase your chance of getting the most out of it. An individual pass is $65, while $100 covers your immediate family members all season long. If you prefer to pay as you go, the price is $3 per swimmer. Or you can purchase a multivisit punch card (10 visits) for $25. Passes can be purchased at the pool desk and at the Carver Center.

A bit hit last summer, the Black Mountain Swim League will again offer younger swimmers an opportunity to develop their strokes while getting lots of exercise and experiencing competition as well. Coaches are volunteers, similar to other youth sports options offered by the town. Registration, open now, is $45 per child ages 7 to 15 years. A prerequisite for registration is a child's being able to swim the full length of the pool unassisted.

Parent Beth DuBrock, a competitive swimmer herself, will again serve as head coach. Several competitive swim meets against other area teams will again occur. Swimmers can attend as many practices as they like without being penalized for those they miss. Coaches understand that families are in and out of town over the summer and welcome registered swimmers to come any dates they can.

If your child is not yet ready to swim the length of the pool unassisted, swim lessons are a great option. Offered for various ages and levels (beginner to advanced), swim lesson classes are limited to a small group with one instructor and plenty of one-on-one support. Since the lessons run daily for a week at time, swimmers can easily select a week that suits their schedules.

Last summer, an adult Aquasize class started at the request of residents proved to be popular. Watch for information on the weekday offerings for this again this summer with the same instructor. Another way to cool down and get morning exercise is the Adult Lap Swim option offered weekdays from 10-10:45 a.m. for just $1 per swimmer.

The pool is also available for evening parties (6:15-8:15 p.m.) for $200.

For more, visit bmrp.recdesk.com. Or call the pool desk at 669-7136 or the Carver Center at 669-5213.

More pool photos

See more shots from last Sunday at the pool on D2.

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