Kate Queeney: Appreciates those who made swimming possible this summer

Thursday, October 01, 2020

I want to thank publicly the guards and managers who staffed the Amherst town pools (Mill River and War Memorial) this summer, and LSSE for making a plan that allowed swimmers of all ages to use the pools safely into the fall.

The pool staff worked hard to adapt to demand and COVID protocols, and they did so all season in an incredibly professional and pleasant way. Amherst lifeguards have always been notable for their strict adherence to pool safety protocols, so it came as no surprise to me that this particular group of young people wore masks religiously and made us all feel safe.

Even toward the end of the season, as they guarded in sweats and hats while the pool temperature dropped ominously, they were cheerful. Going to the pool for lap swimming has been one of the bright spots in a strange and unsettling summer, and I’m so grateful to the people who made it possible.

Kate Queeney