Everyone is asked to leave the pools and go to the lobby if there is a lightning strike, or thunder in the area. A lightning call lasts at least 30 minutes. No one is allowed back in the water until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or thunder. Pool admissions are not sold during lightning calls. There are no refunds for guests who are already in the pool. However, a hand stamp is given for guests who would like to return the same day. There are no refunds on slide ride bracelets.
The National Lightening Safety Institute recommends that bathing facilities monitor storm activities, suspend swimming activities when lightning is within 6-8 miles and wait until 30 minutes after thunder or lightning has been observed before resuming water activities.
The Old Town Hot Springs reserves the right to close the pools in extreme weather conditions. The pools will not open if the temperature is -10 degrees or less, or if the temperature drops to -10 degrees during hours of operation. The pools will then open when the temperature rises to 0 degrees or above. This is a safety precaution for our guests as well as our employees. There will be no refunds due to weather.
Aquatic fitness classes will be held if the temperature is 0 degrees or above.
See below for the current temperature at Old Town Hot Springs. This temperature is used in conjunction with the cold weather policy to decide if the pools are open or closed.
• Although lifeguards are on duty, parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
• Individuals such as coaches and WSI’s wishing to use the facility for instruction must rent lanes in advance and have an approved certificate of insurance on file.
• For the safety of our guests and employees, Old Town Hot Springs reserves the right to alter these rules at any time.
Children under the age of 14 must pass a swim test to play on the Wibit, or to swim laps unsupervised in the winter. Children must be 44” tall to attempt the swim test.
Criteria to pass swim test:
Upon passing the swim test the child receives a yellow wristband. A lifeguard may revoke the wristband or ask the child to take a break if he or she feels the child is unsafe at any time. Passed swim tests may be logged at the front desk and expire at the start of the following summer season.
Patrons are not permitted to walk or stand on the wall dividing the shallow and lap pools.
Lap Swimming Etiquette
Lap Pool - Deep End
OTHS supports Horizons NWC.
Adults enrolled in Horizons’ Residential Services, Supported Living Services, and Day Programs have happily benefitted from the in-kind use of the hot pools. During Day Program hours, a Swim Club visits OTHS. Accompanied by trained counselors, the men and women in Swim Club visit once a week for 90 minutes, walking laps and kick-boarding for exercise. After the workout, they soak and socialize. Swim Club provides the opportunity for conversation about jobs, vacations, and relationships. For some, it’s their only unstructured time.
Horizons’ Maple Street group home also relishes a visit to the pools with staff, peers, and longtime volunteers Bob and Jane Stein. Adults who live independently within the community enjoy dropping in to see people they know—it’s a communal hub reminiscent of the gathering place it used to be.
For the full article open the Horizons Summer Newsletter at: http://horizonsnwc.org/newsletters.html.
Old Town Hot Springs is pleased to announce our 2016 Scholarship Grant Program. We partner with the Department of Human Services to allocate grants for pool admissions, memberships and swim lessons to underprivileged, economically disadvantaged or disabled youth in our community. These funds come from OTHS operating budget and are replenished by our community during the Colorado Gives Campaign in December each year.
You can make a difference in our community by donating to our Scholarship Fund. Your generous donations provide immediate funds to keep this program active for another year.
By Daphne Butas - Personal Trainer
Lifting Weights Does Not Mean Bulking Up:
“I don’t want to get bulky,” or “I don’t have time to workout” are both common excuses for avoiding weight training, but did you also know that there are numerous benefits to weight training?
And with the vast selection of ways to weight train available in Steamboat Springs, (Personal Trainers, Barre, Yoga Sculpt, Group Exercise Classes, CrossFit, Resistance Bands, etc.), it is clear that you don’t want to wait to weight train.
According to Ronnie Goff, Principal of Awaken Health and Fitness, a wellness expert, ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and Yoga teacher of 25 years, research points to a variety of benefits to weight training, including:
Read More by clicking the title link.