Lifeguard re-certification

LIFEGUARDS WORK on re-certification drills at AquaVenture Water Park in Norfolk on Thursday.

On a windy Thursday with temperatures in the high 60s, nine potential lifeguards were in the water at Norfolk’s AquaVenture Water Park getting recertified. Good thing, too, because the water park is set to reopen over Memorial Day weekend, probably on Sunday, said P.J. Evans, the aquatics manager.

As of earlier this week, the high temperature for Saturday wasn't forecast to reach 70 degrees, so Evans said she wouldn’t expect a lot of people to want to be at the pool. Sunday temperatures, however, are forecast to be higher. And by the end of next week, forecasts predict temperatures to be in the upper 70s. "Oh yeah, we expect a lot of people then," Evans said.

The park doesn't have any new attractions this year, but pool family passes were changed to group passes, which means any six people can be added to a pass for admission.

The water park has been getting ready to reopen for the last month. The pool was filled with water a week ago. In the past two weeks, Evans has taught two classes for lifeguard certification and received more than 100 applicants for staff positions. Liberty Bell Pool, Norfolk’s other municipal pool, will open Saturday, June 10.

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