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Diving board is for diving


  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 06:00 am

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Dear aquatic services administrators,

My name is Dennis Purschke, I am 64 years old and I have lived in St. Albert for over 40 years.

On this past Saturday afternoon my son, my nine-year-old granddaughter and I went to the Fountain Park Pool for some fun. We proceeded to the diving board and promptly adjusted the spring tension to suit our weights. I am 6' 3" about 220 and my son 6' 3" about 240 lbs.

No sooner did we complete our first dives when we were approached by this tiny little lifeguard informing us that because two kids somehow managed to impact the end of the diving board in October, the tension was not to be adjusted and furthermore my granddaughter was not allowed to do any kind of, what is now supposed to be, life threatening somersaulting into the water off the diving board.

I asked her to please leave us alone and that, because I am a normal rational thinking citizen of this town, there was no way on God’s green Earth I was going to abide by this ridiculous edict. We remained in the pool for about two hours jumping and diving off the board as we saw fit. In that time I had a number of brief conversations with not only this particular lifeguard but a couple of others who all strongly suggested I write this letter. FYI, In the entire time we remained at the pool the diving board tension was not moved back from where my son had adjusted it.

All I want to know is, how the hell do you people come up with these ridiculous rules, not only this one but others I could mention? It pains me to even respond to this. Have you become so fearful that soon all we patrons will be allowed to do at pools in St. Albert is sit on the edges like a herd of fat, sun-basking seals? How can you justify the fear you are putting into our young people if they attempt what you now consider reckless behaviour like somersaulting into the water.

All this incident proves to me is that you people in administration are actually the ones living in fear; fear of making wrong decisions, fear of being singled out, fear of being the cause of a lawsuit, and fear of losing your job, all the time attempting to put your fears onto rational thinking adults. This is one citizen who will always refuse to put up with what I consider to be BS in this great country we all live in.

Don't get me wrong, I love this town! I actually agree with probably 99 per cent of the way we live but “Please!” Would someone show some common sense and drop this ridiculous edict about jumping off the diving board?

Dennis Purschke, St. Albert


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