BLUE EARTH - All you'll have to do to get into the Blue Earth swimming pool this summer is swipe your finger, but there's a lot of prep work.
Pre-season pool passes will only be sold May 16-18 and "all the members of the family need to be there; everybody gets their finger scanned," said Michelle Hall, director of the swimming pool. She added that the finger scan only applies to season and aerobic passes.
It will simplify things in the long run, she added.
"When they come to the pool, we'll re-scan their finger and the pass will show up on the computer," Hall said. "It eliminates pass carrying."
The system has been in use in places such as schools and banks for a while, but it's the pool's first try with it.
"I ask everybody to be patient, this will take some time," Hall said. "It's something new, so we need to learn to work with it."
Once the information is put into the computer, it stays there and does not have to be re-entered each year.
Daily admission will not change.
For those who want to pay as they go, the daily fee is $2 for those age 6 and younger; $4 for those 7 and older. A punch card is also available; 10 punches are $35.
In addition to season passes, people can sign up for aerobics and private Red Cross swimming classes.
"People can download the form off becity.org and have it filled out beforehand," Hall said.
Hall anticipates a busy summer after the pool opens June 1.
Water aerobics will be five mornings and four evenings per week, and classes are offered in the shallow end and deep end.
"The deep end isn't scary," Hall said. "We wear float belts, so you don't even get your hair wet."
Water Zumba takes the current fitness craze and gets it all wet on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Girls Scouts Swim Team for K-12 will be offered again, Hall said. It is open to any girls.
"We keep it regional" with competitions in Fairmont, Winnebago and Albert Lea, she said.
Hall hopes for a good turnout with the Jam the Food Shelf food drive. Food will be collected all day June 20 at Putnam Park. A free swim is set from 6-9 p.m.
Those wanting a challenge can start training now for the Blue Earth Area Tri Kids Fun Triathlon for ages 5-14 on Aug. 17. Hall is looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of it.
All information is available at becity.org or call Hall at (507) 526-2715.
To pull this all off, Hall still needs lifeguards and adult supervisors.
An adult supervisor would work 20-25 hours per week, "kind of a shift manager," Hall said. They would work admissions or concessions. "They won't actually have to guard."
Hall also needs water safety instructors to teach the Red Cross swimming and a Girl Scout Swim Team coach.