COMMUNITY HEALTH & FITNESS
Those with medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and chronic pain may experience limited mobility on land, but the buoyancy of water allows these most vulnerable members of our community to walk, run or swim their way to improved flexibility, strength and balance.
Physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons often recommend pool walking or running as the first step to recovery from a running-related injury or surgery. With Easling Pool warmed to a constant 84 degrees and both shallow and deep water for rehabilitation, pool users can stay in shape while they heal.
Community organizations as varied as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the U.S. Coast Guard, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD), Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), day camps, and scuba training programs use Easling Pool for health and fitness training.
How many citizens rely on Easling Pool? Every week, you are likely to find 50 K-12 students in swim classes, 350 lap swimmers, 45 master’s (adult competitive) swimmers, 150 participants in water fitness classes, and 125 special education students from TBAISD, in addition to several groups who rent time in the pool. That translates to 40,000 visits to Easling Pool each year.
Because almost a third of Grand Traverse County’s geography is comprised of water, it is a public imperative that citizens know how to be safe around bodies of water. Formal swimming lessons have been shown to reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent. Easling Pool must be available to accomplish the YMCA’s objective to provide free swim classes to all third graders in the area.