Backyard pools can add a lot of fun to your property, but also force you to spend a lot of time cleaning and maintaining them, and represent a safety hazard for your children, so many people wisely decide they're a bad investment. However, everyone likes to swim, and indeed should learn how to swim, so counties and municipalities usually pitch in and provide a few for the local citizens. Here are some fun facts about public pools that may be useful the next time you go swimming.

There are two types of public pool - indoor and outdoor. Indoor pools can be used all year round while outdoor pools are only in operation during the warm summer months unless you live in a climate where the temperature doesn't drop below 15 degrees Celsius in the wintertime. Indoor pools are a great place to get some exercise before or after work but you can't beat lying in the sunshine on a lounger by the pool in the summer, so most cities will build a few of both.

Indoor pools are generally found in community centers and outdoor pools tend to be located in public parks. For every indoor public pool, there's probably a schedule for the pool's usage, with many different types of classes and few swims planned for each week, while outdoor pools tend to be less structured and open to the public for free swimming all day every day, but check with your local swimming pool for details.

If you've spent most of your life in a cold climate and have never found the time to learn to swim, your public pool is a place where you can do so. Speak to pool administrators about lesson days. You will find that most of the offerings are for children, but it should be possible for you to book one on one lessons with an instructor to help you learn this all important skill. Other activities you can take part in at a public pool include joining a swimming team, taking aqua aerobics classes, and learning to scuba dive.

Public pools also represent a job opportunity for teens and college students who don't fancy getting a job in a department store or fast food chain. By getting their national lifeguard certification (which takes two weekends) these youngsters can get a job keeping people safe at the local pool. Those who have earned all the badges in their learn to swim program can also go on to be swimming instructors or aqua aerobics leaders by taking an instructor course. For those who have no qualifications, there may also be jobs working the refreshment stand or the front desk. Feel free to visit the Red Cross website for more information about learning to swim.

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