The city of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation operates just three
year-round outdoor pools along with a lesson-only pool, open in the
summer. But the depth of aquatic offerings is one of a kind.
Scottsdale’s Eldorado pool, located in south Scottsdale,
offers specialty water aerobics classes such as Tone and Tai Chi,
Ache Away, Aquatics Arthritis, and Deep and Shallow Water
Cactus pool hosts programs ranging from swim lessons to dive
teams and a Triathlon Training class for athletes. The city’s
large competitive year-round swim team, and the Sun Devil Masters
swimming club, also practice there.
In north Scottsdale, McDowell Mountain Ranch Park Aquatic and
Fitness Center, provides a waterpark experience. Opened in 2007,
the conservation-minded facility is designed to maximize natural
daylighting throughout the facility and used approximately 95
percent recycled steel.
Chaparral pool, one of the only municipal free-form pools in the
state, resembles a lake and has a beach-like zero-depth entry and
several interactive water-play features. The main pool consists of
a shallow wading area, 10 lap lanes, and a diving well with a
Community water safety education is a key goal. Scottsdale pools
host April Pools Day, the kickoff event of the water safety season.
Lifeguards perform a mock rescue in conjunction with the fire
department to show the importance of being safe in and around the
water. Additionally, Water Safety Day is held in August, in
recognition of Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Critical incident
training occurs in May. It consists of simulated emergency
scenarios using citizen volunteers in one of the pools.
That’s just one of many continuing education requirements.
The Guard Recognition and Incentive Program provides formalized
safety audits. Under GRIP, guards are evaluated at least once a
year on a spot-check basis. Evaluation consists of a simulated
emergency in which guards must spot a “victim,” and
then initiate the emergency action plan.
Lifeguards are rated on guarding, professionalism, one water
rescue skill and one CPR scenario. Scoring is standardized and
guards are awarded incentives based on their cumulative score on a
100-point scale. Any lifeguards who score less than 85 percent on
the evaluation are relieved of their duties for the remainder of
that shift and must receive extra training in the deficient areas
before they are permitted to return to work. n