Pool lifeguard and de facto diving instructor Ryan Eubanks said, “We hold contests with the board. Earlier we had a ‘biggest splash’ contest. A little-bitty kid won it. He landed flat on his stomach.”
At that moment, the pool was conducting a “best trick” contest. The coveted award, aside from bragging rights, was a free ice cream sandwich. Eubanks and fellow lifeguard Nick Woodruff served as judges as nearly a dozen kids waited their turn at the short ladder.
After a preliminary round, and a 2-boy dive-off, eight-year-old Tyler Estes was declared the winner. “I call it an ‘aerial,’” he said. Asked where he learned the feat, he replied, “I saw my friends do it.” He planned to enjoy his ice cream and continue to swim.
Kyle Carneyhan, age 15, said, “The diving board is awesome. It’s the best part of the pool.” He said he was perfecting a signature dive, which at first had not been named, but he quickly dubbed “The McTwist.”
The steady line at the low-board attested to its popularity. Though children and adults waded and swam in all sections of the pool, the board created a cycle with the line, the ladder, the jump, a swim to the side, and repeat, over and over with young thrill-seekers.
“Jumping off the side is boring,” said Hunter Fowler, 10. “I don’t have a favorite trick right now.” Asked if he ever jumped off the board to impress a girl, he blushed slightly and nodded sheepishly.
Kayla Tyler, 9, said that she learned to swim with lessons at the American Legion pool. “I’m not any contests, but the diving board is fun. I like to do cool tricks.”
She pulled her friend Aubrey Bullock, 11, to join her interview. Aubrey likes visiting her friends at the pool, and enjoys a swim. “The diving board is my favorite because you can do any trick you want on it!” She said she did not have a crush on any lifeguards at the time.
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