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July 2, 2010 > Float through the summer at Mission Highland's Swim Club

Float through the summer at Mission Highland's Swim Club

By Alyson Whitaker

If you don't have a pool in your backyard, don't worry. You can still stay cool on hot summer days, and often won't have to go further than down the block. Neighborhood pool clubs are a great way to enjoy the summer months and gain friendships along the way.

Mission Highlands Swim Club is just one of several summer pool clubs in the Tri-City area. It first opened its doors in 1962, and has provided respite from the summer heat for countless families. Located right across from Mission San Jose High School, it has convenient access from both the 680 freeway and local neighborhoods.

After joining, members have access to the pool and facilities from the end of April through the first of October, seven days a week. Annual dues cover the maintenance and upkeep fees, as well as operating costs through the swim season. Barbeques and picnic tables are available for use by members and private parties can by held on site.

The pool is also home to the Highland Sharks swim team, part of the East Bay Swim League. Many team members are also members of the pool club, which has strengthened friendships among teammates from year to year.

This year, Mission Highlands has a new pool manager-Frank Gygax. Frank is in his 28th year as coach of the Sharks, and is a well-loved fixture on the pool deck. The membership voted to complete numerous renovations and upgrades to the pool and facilities this year, and members have been pleased with the results.

Monthly members-only socials are an opportunity to spend an evening with friends, and lifeguards are on duty during all open swim hours and socials, ensuring safety for all.

The Castillo family has been a member of Mission Highlands for the past 13 years. For Cathy, it is her "haven" for the summer, giving her and her family a safe and relaxing place to pass the days and evenings of summer.

Swimming is not only a great pastime, but an effective form of exercise for all ages and fitness levels. Whether you're an expert at backstroke, or merely interested in floating on a noodle, you'll be right at home at Mission Highlands.

For information on purchasing a membership, contact John Wang at 510-585-5438.

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