By Griffin Swartzell | Space Observer staff writer
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The aquatic center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, will reopen on Monday, February 3. It will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. During the pool’s five‐month closure, the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron repaired and renovated equipment in the mechanical room for the main pool.
“They also scrubbed the bottom and sides of the pool, so it’ll look brighter than before,” says Deanna Busha, 21st Force Support Squadron aquatic center manager.
This renovation did not include repairs on the kiddie pool, which was damaged by a hail storm in 2016. Busha says it will remain closed until further notice. However, the aquatic center offers a variety of programs and resources to help parents, young children and families of all shapes and sizes have fun and stay fit in the water.
“We try to have something for everyone, no matter the skill level,” says Busha. “We have a parent‐child class for kiddos from six months to three years old, which is all about getting the kids into the water for the first time, getting them acclimated and prepping them for swim lessons. Once they turn three, they can take group lessons. We offer lessons for anyone from kids just graduating a parent‐child class to kids who are swimming competitively. For adults, we offer private, one‐on‐one swim lessons and a Masters Swim group for more advanced swimmers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and afternoons.”
Beyond classes, the aquatic center offers daily open swim hours. The shallow end of the pool is available for open swim from 10 a.m. to close on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to close on Saturdays, and the deep end becomes available for open swimming from 2 p.m. to close on weekdays and from noon to close on Saturdays. Patrons will have access to a climbing wall, a water slide and more, and they can rent everything from kickboards to life jackets to help enjoy open swim hours. In the morning, the shallow section of the pool is reserved for fitness and PT activities, which range from basketball and water polo to water aerobics and use of the facility’s brand new aqua bikes. Lap lanes take up the majority of the pool and will also host weekly functional fitness classes, staged atop floating paddleboards.
“People from the fitness center who are trained in functional fitness, they actually come down and modify their classes to be done on paddleboards. So you are on the paddleboard doing push‐ups, lunges, things like that,” says Busha. “You’re not only working on the muscles geared towards the exercise, you’re also working on your balancing muscles, which is really fun.”
For more information on the aquatic center, including event schedules, call 719‐556‐4608 or go to 21fss.com/about/aquatics.