FARMINGTON — Business was slow opening day at Brookside Pool in Farmington as cold weather and cloudy skies kept people out of the water.

But the pool remained open Saturday despite the lack of participation.

The pool will be open today from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will be closed during the week, but opens up again next weekend.

During the summer, the pool will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Half a dozen lifeguards manned the pool Saturday.

Emily Peterson said her favorite part of being a lifeguard is teaching swimming lessons.

"I like hanging out with all of the kids," she said.

These lessons are taught at the Farmington Aquatic Center and Lions Pool during the summer.

Peterson and the other lifeguards take shifts at all of the Farmington pools, however, they all agreed that they like Brookside best. They said it's a nice pool to relax at and to get a tan.

But the job isn't without it's difficulties.

Peterson's brother, Andrew, said it's hard to remember all the rules and the skills that are crucial to doing their jobs.

"If we mess up, someone's in trouble," he said.

Emily Peterson saw this first hand when she started working as a lifeguard.

On her first day a couple years ago, a girl was in the water taking a swimming test. The girl made it half way across the pool when she decided she could go no further.

"She literally said, 'help,'" Peterson said.

Peterson leapt into the water and pulled her to safety.

Luckily, lifeguards are all strong swimmers and many of them competed on high school swim teams.

Sheala Moffitt was the only lifeguard Saturday who is still in high school. She said being on the Piedra Vista High School swim team was the reason she chose to be a lifeguard.

"I'm at the pool everyday anyway," she said.

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