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Old 08-28-2010   #1
Houston, Texas
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Practicing in Public Pools

Hey all, I'm now to the sport/forums. Great community you have here!

I'd like to get my neighborhood pool to open up some time to allow boaters in to fool around/practice. Has anyone gone through a similar request process with their community who may offer tips? Any suggestions on what sort of ammo I should bring to support my case?


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Old 08-28-2010   #2
Florence, Colorado
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Find out when the less popular times are.....My local city pool has been very supportive of kayaking, the only stipulation was that we come in the morning during old-lady water aerobics. I doubt they'd let me come when all the kiddies are going wild, but during early morning hours they didn't have a problem at all.

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Old 09-01-2010   #3
Beaverton, Oregon
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A lot of the pools local to Portland have kayak sessions from 9-10 or 10:30 during the winter. Well after the kiddies go to bed.
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Old 09-01-2010   #4
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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We just talked with the director. Managed to get the pool to extend their open time by one hour on Tues. and Thurs.
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Old 09-02-2010   #5
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Look for smaller colleges and universities with pools. They are often quite happy to accommodate as either a way to garner some extra revenue or just justify the use of their pool. Pools are expensive and aquatic directors love showing just how much use their facility gets.
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