August 5, 2013
One of the highlights of our summer at the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center is kicking off Eggstravaganza weekend with our annual Pool Show. Join us for this year’s show on Thursday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, seating is provided, and the concession stand will be open. The show will begin as always with introductions of the Miss Gaylord candidates, followed by kids of all ages “Taking a Step on the Wild Side” as they entertain us with their choreographed songs. We hope to see you there – dressed in your camouflage! (Because of the Pool Show, the GAAC will close at 4:30 on Thursday – no afternoon swimming lessons, no 6:30 aerobics, and no 8:30 lap swim. Lessons will be made up on Monday, August 12.)
This week marks the end of our third and final session of Red Cross lessons. So many young people having been learning to swim with us this summer. At last count we had 535 registrations, which is 33 more than we had in 2012! A big thank you to our certified Water Safety Instructors who do an excellent job teaching everyone from toddlers to teens, and who are the reason our lesson program keeps families coming back year after year, and also brings in new families for the first time. Look for 2014 lesson information online in April and register early to get your preferred time.
We are also wrapping up our Five-Week Fitness Challenge, and several motivated swimmers have been working toward their goal of 25 hours of aqua aerobics or 250 laps in five weeks. If you haven’t joined us for fitness yet this year, it’s not too late. We have lap swim at 6:15 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Aqua aerobics classes are held at 6:15 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. As we near the close of our summer, this schedule may be modified, so please stay tuned to announcements in the Hub, at the GAAC, or on the website for any changes.
Over the course of the next few weeks, about 75 percent of our staff will be leaving for college or beginning fall sports. This makes scheduling a challenge, since we usually have 16 people on duty during open swim hours. So, for the last two weeks of August, our hours will be reduced to the same hours we had the last two weeks of August in 2012. From Saturday, August 17 – Friday, August 23, open swim will be from 1:00-7:00 p.m., with twilight swim from 5:00-7:00. Saturday, August 24 – Friday, August 30, open swim will be 2:00-6:00 p.m., and admission will be $3.50 all afternoon.
It’s hard to believe we’re talking about end-of-summer events already, when it seems we’ve only just begun. There are three and a half weeks left to get the rest of your summer fun in at the G-double-A-C!
June 24, 2013
We’ve had some great swimming days and some not-so-great swimming days in June, but here at the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center we’ve been making the most of every day we can. If you haven’t joined us yet this season, plan to join us soon! Our open swim hours are 12:30-8:30 every day. We also have lap swim and aqua aerobics classes Monday through Saturday (see schedule in this week’s insert), Red Cross swimming lessons, and several special events coming up in July.
Could you swim the perimeter of Lake Titlow (7 miles)? Could you spend an entire day (24 hours) doing aqua aerobics? You can during our Five-Week Fitness Challenge. Sign up and get started anytime between now and July 13. Swim 250 laps or attend 25 aqua aerobics classes in five weeks to complete the challenge and win a prize!
Our first session of Red Cross swimming lessons is nearly over, and our second session will begin July 8. We already have more than 200 swimmers registered for Session 2, but there are still a few spots open. Please call to find out if we have room at the time and level you’re looking for. The deadline to register for Session 3 lessons (beginning July 29) is July 15 and you can register online, through the mail, or in person at the GAAC.
On Tuesdays in July come and enjoy “Float & Float” from 5:00-8:30 p.m. Go for a swim and then visit the concession stand for a root beer float – only available for sale on Tuesday evenings!
Wednesdays in July are “Big Splash, Little Splash” nights. From 5:00-8:30 p.m., one child (12 years or younger) will get in free with each paying adult. This is a great opportunity to make summertime memories with your favorite kids.
Next Thursday is the 4th of July and we’d love to have you spend the day with us at the G-double-A-C. To help everyone celebrate the red, white, and blue, we’ll be offering bomb pops at the concession stand for just a quarter all day long until they’re gone!
We may be getting off to a slow start, but there are plenty of summer days left to get fit, learn to swim, or make a splash at the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center!
June 3, 2012
If I had a nickel for every time someone called and asked, “Are you open yet?” … I could buy myself a pretzel with cheese at the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center!
We’ve all been looking forward to this Wednesday, June 5 for a long time. It’s our scheduled opening day. The water is ready, the staff is ready, the concessions are ready – even the flowers are ready! But it seems the weather is not. Although we are hopeful, the forecast doesn’t look promising. Please call us at 237-2266 or check www.exploregaylord.org to find out if we’re open or closed for the day.
If the weather is not fit for swimming, the Gaylord Library will be showing a free movie at 3:00 pm in their community room. They will be doing this all summer long, on any day (Monday-Friday) the Aquatic Center is closed. You can call 237-2280 to find out what movie will be showing.
So don’t let the weather stop you from having a fun summer day in Gaylord. There will be warm sunny days for swimming, and there will be cool rainy days for movie-watching and book-reading. Just keep saving your nickels for that salty pretzel with cheese at the G-double-A-C. I know I am!
May 13, 2013
If you’ve walked, biked, or driven past the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center in the past week, you may have noticed some changes – changes that are bringing us step-by-step closer to our opening day June 5! Thank you to city staff and volunteers who are working to make this happen. It takes many hands and much effort to wake the GAAC from its winter hibernation.
In addition to the preparations you see on the outside – umbrellas are up, rain gardens are cleaned out, pools are being prepared for filling – there are many preparations you can’t see as well. Additions are being made to the concessions menu, showers and lockers and walls and floors are being scrubbed, swimming lesson registrations are continuing to come in, and staff members are meeting and training and planning for an awesome summer of fun in the sun.
Nearly 200 children, toddlers to teens, have registered for Red Cross swimming lessons already, and we have room for so many more. Something very exciting to see is the number of new registrations we’ve received so far – 20% of our registrations are students who did not take lessons with us last year! If you haven’t received information about lessons, please check our website at www.exploregaylord.org. You can also pick up registration information at Gaylord City Hall, or call 237-2266 with questions.
Many of you have been asking about season passes – where, when, and how you can purchase them. Because of our key tag system, the best way for us to sell season passes is in person at the GAAC Admissions window. You will have an opportunity to purchase your season pass this Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, May 18 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. If you have key tags from last year, please bring them with you when you purchase your pass. (There is a charge for replacement key tags.) You can pay with cash, check, or credit card.
Why bother making a special trip just to buy your season pass in May, when you could buy it on your first visit to swim in June? Two reasons: First of all, buying it now will make that first swimming day go so much more smoothly for you and for us; and secondly, we are giving you 2012 season pass prices if you buy your pass before Memorial Day! Check the website or call for more open days to buy your pass next week if you can’t get there this week.
Just three busy weeks to go. See you soon at the G-double-A-C!
April 22, 2013
“The mercury says nearly 80 degrees …”
That’s how I began this column a year ago, and it hardly seems possible. As I write this on April 22, the mercury says it’s less than half of 80 degrees, and the radar says more snow is on the way. Nevertheless, preparations are being made to open the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center in just six short weeks, and we are excited!
Opening day is slated for Wednesday, June 5. School will be out and the fun and splashing will begin! If you are planning to purchase a season pass, you can make our first few days run more smoothly if you buy your pass in advance. Passes will only be available for purchase at the GAAC admissions window this year – not online, and not at City Hall. The open hours for season pass sales in May have not yet been determined, so please watch the Hub and the website (www.exploregaylord.org) to find out when you can come and get your pass.
Our Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program will be much the same this year as last year. You can find all the registration information on the website, and the same information will be sent home from school with elementary students in the area. Online and paper lesson registrations will be accepted beginning May 1.
It may not look or feel like it, but spring is here and summer always follows – no matter the weather. We live in Minnesota because we’re hardy and we love adventure. It may take some hardiness and an adventurous spirit to jump into the water that first week or two, but we’ll be there and we’ll be expecting you!
In the meantime, check www.exploregaylord.org for information and updates. Call 507-237-2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Don’t forget that summer follows spring. And get ready for adventures at the Gaylord Area Aquatic Center in 2013!