Village of Kensington officials consider allowing scuba lessons at community pool

Village of Kensington officials consider allowing scuba lessons at community pool
The Village of Kensington deliberates on the possibility of allowing scuba lessons to take place at the village pool. (Photo by Karina Kovac)

In a recent Village of Kensington Board of Trustees meeting, a resident described as a “scuba aficionado” made a request to utilize the village pool for instructional scuba lessons in the upcoming summer season. The proposal has brought forth a host of concerns from the board members.

Details regarding the scuba lessons remain sparse, and the board has identified several potential challenges associated with this unique proposition. One notable issue is the availability of lifeguards, a concern that arises each year in the community.

Trustee Phil Bornstein voiced the concern that permitting such use of the pool could set a precedent, leading to difficulties in justifying who is granted permission for similar rentals in the future.

“The first part is the traditional objection,” said Bornstein, “which is this is a slippery slope that once we give it to somebody for rental, how do we justify who’s getting yesses?”

Trustee Brent Greenspan had a different objection. “I think the big risk is the concentration, pool filtration systems are constrained,” he said.

Another logistical hurdle discussed during the meeting is the timing of the scuba lessons. It was emphasized that if the lessons were to take place, they would likely have to be scheduled in the mornings since the pool traditionally closes at night. This scheduling arrangement could potentially inconvenience other residents who wish to use the pool during the day if some sort of problem arose with the group in the morning.

Trustee Carey Ye noted that there would be interest from residents in pursuing scuba lessons at the village pool. However, addressing their concerns, determining feasibility, setting appropriate fees, and establishing class size parameters are all aspects that require further examination.

“I have to say maybe to get back to the pros and cons,” Ye said, “we have really had quite a few residents who are interested. And then we’ll have to really address their concerns and then also whether we can really make it feasible.’

Mayor Susan Lopatkin said that the board has done its due diligence to hear out the request but noted that “there’s a lot of issues” that need careful consideration.

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