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Cuesta College closes pool for emergency repairs, cancels classes

A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.
A bird's-eye view of Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cuesta College’s small 60,000-gallon pool has been closed indefinitely while emergency safety repairs are made to the pool lining, causing the cancellation of 135 classes, community college officials said Wednesday.

The decision affects 125 swim lessons and 10 aqua fitness classes, though the aqua fitness participants have the option of moving to a class in Cuesta’s 50-meter pool, said Matthew Green, director of community programs.

The cancelations affect 606 people.

“The swim lessons being cancelled include Baby & Me, Tiny Tots and Level 1,” Green said in a news release. “These cannot take place in the large pool due to the safety of the children.”

The small pool will be closed indefinitely and repairs are currently underway, Cuesta spokeswoman Lauren Milbourne said. She said the repairs were not related to some testing done last week on the pool deck to determine whether any pipes were leaking.

“The vinyl liner, which is already beyond its expected lifespan, split/cracked causing a hazard,” Milbourne wrote in an emailed response to questions. “The pool is still water-tight but is now unusable due to the damage to the liner.”

The pool was scheduled for repair during winter break, but that work will happen now, she said.

“This is a safety issue that must be addressed, necessitating the immediate and long-term fix,” Milbourne said. “This also eliminates a need to drain the pool again for a fix in the winter.”

College officials said recently that the pools — the 650,000-gallon lap pool and the training pool — are leaking. A major repair job to the large pool is scheduled for this winter.

The pools lose about 13,000 gallons of water a day, according to Terry Reece, Cuesta’s director of facilities and capital projects. The water loss is due to leaks, evaporation, and cleaning and maintenance.

Cuesta College contacted registered aquatics program participants with information on the small pool closure. Participants may receive refunds or account credits depending on the registered program.

For more information, call the community programs office at 546-3132.

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