With sweltering temperatures some Turlock area residents might find a dip into a nearby canal too tempting to resist.
But beware, says the Turlock Irrigation District – things may not be as safe as they seem.
While there are no fines associated with swimming in canals, it is terribly unsafe for both children and adults. Canals can be dangerous because the water may appear calm on the surface, but there are strong currents beneath. Also, canals are not designed for swimming, so getting in or out can pose safety concerns.
TID makes a concerted effort to strategically post warning signs on canal fencing, and has staff and security patrolling the canals at all times.
As part of a proactive approach, TID encourages residents to take advantage of the 2013 Pool Pass Program.
The program sees TID partner with the region's community pools to provide children and teens a safe place to swim and cool off for free, with pool pass vouchers that can be picked up at TID offices. Passes are limited to one pass per child per family and parents or guardians do not need to have children present to pick up the passes. Each pass admits one child for one time during open swim period hours listed on the back of the pass.
For more information on the Pool Pass Program, visit www.tid.com/pool-pass.
2013 Participating Pools and Pool Hours
Dates and times are subject to change without notice.
Ceres High Pool
June 21 – Aug.10; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Columbia Pool (Turlock)
Beginning June 15; Mondays thru Thursdays, 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Delhi Community Pool
June 4 – Aug. 11; Tuesdays thru Sundays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Hilmar Community Pool
Beginning June 7; Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Salvation Army Red Shield (Modesto)
May 28-Aug. 30; Mondays thru Fridays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Patterson Aquatic Center
June 1-Sept. 13; Mondays thru Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m., Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Pitman High School pool
June 17-Aug. 2; Mondays thru Fridays, 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Turlock High School pool
June 17-Aug. 1; Mondays thru Thursdays, 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.