A 12-day camp will be held under ‘Learn to Swim' programme
People who are looking forward to beating the heat this summer can rejoice as the renovated swimming pool at Mahatma Gandhi Stadium in the city will be thrown open to the public on Friday.
Constructed by the Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority in 2003 at a cost of Rs. 53 lakh, children and common people used the pool to learn swimming and to beat the heat.
With a few incidents of death and injuries reported in swimming pools in the State, the depth of pool was reduced from 13.5 metre to 6.5 metre at a cost of Rs. 6 lakh. Tiles were fixed and water was filled in the pool.
Under the ‘Learn to Swim' programme, a 12-day camp would begin on Monday in which the basics of swimming would be taught to children and members of the public in batches.
A trainer from National Institute of Sports would coach them, both in the morning and in the evening.
District Sports Officer N. Nanjappan said that the swimming pool would be open for training between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
He also appealed to users to extend their cooperation in maintaining the pool.
Over 700 people attended the camp last year and the number is expected to grow this year. Four life guards with jackets would be providing security cover during the camp.
Members of the public can utilize the pool by paying a nominal fee.