Why are our kids fat today? They are allowed to drink tonic and high sugar snack foods. They are not allowed to play football, dodge ball and forget ever learning to dive or jump off a diving board.
The government now has the job of keeping your kids fit.................only this will not work!
There has been a diving board at the center of the Underwood Pool since the facility opened a century ago. Photos throughout the years show young people in all styles of swimwear standing on the dock at the center of the pool where a long board was located.
And last year, the center location was again crowded with children and young teens waiting to launch themselves off the end into the humid air to land head or feet first or in some contorted shape into the spring-fed waters.
The board has also been an integral part of the "swim test," the long-standing tradition in which youngsters "graduate" to the deep end of the pool by demonstrating they can paddle around the edge of the adult section. The test's final obstacle was to swim to and dive off the platform and head for the shore.
But in this, the pool's centennial season, patrons new and old will find the center island off-limits and the diving board gone.
"I've heard mixed reviews. The kids will really miss it but some of the swimmers say that there is no one diving on them and there's extra space," said Washington Street's Elizabeth McLaughlan on Friday, who came to beat the third day of 90 degree heat with her three children.
For second year lifeguard John Gehrig, eliminating the diving option prevents kids from jump on top of each other and splashing around.
"But it's also less fun so that's sort of unfortunate," he said.
When quizzed by pool patrons, Gehrig said that the pool's deep end – reportedly recorded at nine feet – did not meet state standards of 12 feet.
My grandkids are now learning to dive of the "deep end", like our kids did, in our forty year old pool.
I will watch them. I will instruct them. I have also recently learned that insurance companies are now telling home owners to remove the diving boards and slides from their pools!
I only hope to live long enough to see this country return to it's scenes and we can become free to make our own choices, even if it means falling sometimes!
"We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism."
-Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959