Updated: May 5
Are you aware that Carter and Eisenhower High Schools both have swimming pools, but Rialto High School does not? It is no secret that there is an abundance of available space at the school that can possibly accommodate an indoor swimming pool. So, why not Rialto?
Swimming is considered a form of exercise. Swimming gives a full-body cardio workout, using all the muscles in the body vigorously against the resistance of water and immunity. Spending just 30 minutes swimming can burn around 250 calories on average. Plus, swimming is a great way to relax and calm yourself or to recover from stress, as well as to boost your mood.
With this in mind, implementing an aquatic center can be utilized for teaching basic swimming skills to students as part of their physical education curriculum or for recreational purposes.
Having a pool opens the door to water activities. The lack of selection in sports offered at Rialto High School is one aspect that could use improvement thus having an indoor swimming pool, it provides a wider variety of sports to choose from such as water polo, synchronized swimming, and coed swimming. As an added benefit, aquatic sports are popular and promote more scholarship opportunities for aspiring students including competitions. I know that more students would be involved in participating in sports if there were aquatic sports, finding something that interests them.
Most importantly, having a pool can be cost-effective in the long run. When summertime approaches, families start to look forward to spending more time outdoors swimming in pools. Opening the school pool to the general public could be a great way to bring involvement in the community, as well as raise money that could be allocated towards funding the school. Additionally, students can train and volunteer as lifeguards as part of community service.
While it is true that the cost to construct a swimming pool and pool maintenance may be expensive, it doesn’t change the fact that it can provide many opportunities for students. I believe that there is so much that could be done for this school, and one of the first things we could do is construct a swimming pool to enrich the athletics facilities.
As a senior, I hope this change can be done for our underclassmen as well as for future generations to come.