NoticeYour Surroundings

When looking for a pool in to investigate there were plenty of options while home for the Memorial Day weekend. I had connections to get into private pools and I knew where to go for the community type pools. But on this particular day I was in the neighborhood of my high school, Ensworth. Ensworth is a great community type atmosphere kind of school. It is a private school with a lot of wealthy donors and recently they built an Olympic natatorium. With me off at school I had not had the privilege of swimming in this pool, so this is where I choose to investigate.

The swim times vary depending on the day and if they have a swim camp there that day and the day that I went it was an early swim class for kids’ ages ranging from 6  to 10. These little kids were all from the immediate community, wealthy high class, predominantly white. There were a hand full of black kids there but not nearly as many as the white kids. Coming from that community I knew that these black kids either had someone to pay for their swim lessons or they were a part of the about 25% of high class black students from that community.

As said before these kids were young and had very little swim training, but a bystander could look and see that some kids had more experience than others. My assumptions are that some of the kids that were better at swimming or had a good sense of swimming, owned a pool at home or their parents were a part of the country clubs and private pools. This would give them the advantage of more practice and experience. These kids didn’t have a designated swim that event that they practiced or learned. They were most all beginners who were learning the freestyle stroke. During the down time the kids played around and laughed splashing water on each other and for the most part it was all organized and well put together. The parents of the kids, mostly moms, were on the side of the pools having conversation and setting up play dates for their kids.

The life guards are mostly teenagers who need summer jobs and have much lifeguard experience who are some older student in the community. The lifeguards consider the pool to be a fast one, and I agree after my swim. The pool was a 50 meter pool with 10 lanes and 4 spring boards with room to seat about 260 people, and very nice locker rooms.

Ensworth Natatorium

Seeing this put into perspective about how pools are public versus private shows that the private pools are better than most community pools, but I only see this as people having more money to invest than others. As we know more money means less limits to what a certain object can form into. So more money brings about more imagination to the layout and how nice a pool can turn out. In other words more equals more!

 

 

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2 Responses to NoticeYour Surroundings

  1. asuttles23 says:

    I have actually swam here before when i was visiting my friend David Dingess !!!!!! We went last summer just to get wet and cool down some ! It was exactly how you described it. I thought it was a preppy white environment, there were maybe one or two black kids when i went with David that day. There was a also a swimming class going on the day we went too.

  2. evabilo803 says:

    What you described sounds like the swimming experience I had growing up. The pool was very nice due to multiple donors and investors. It’s interesting to note that even though you saw black swimmers there, there were of the higher class. It hurts to see that communities like this mainly cater to the wealthy. I think that because there is a large lack of information of how to swim couple with WHERE to swim, the lower classes don’t feel included in this swimming community. However, more public pools like the Kroc Center are very well kept and focus on the lower classes of Greenville, yet are able to do so by their very affluent donors and founders. Money is indeed a necessary tool to sometimes create a community environment.

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