Splash into summer

by Petra Lessoing
435th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

***image1***Most outdoor swimming pools in the area opened the beginning of May. Some are just about to open this weekend, such as the Waldfreibad in Rodenbach. Most public pools are heated and they usually stay open until September, if weather permits.

Public pools are generally divided into swimmers’ and non-swimmers’ pools, and they have extra pools for toddlers. Most facilities have water slides, playgrounds and little restaurants or bistros. Daily admission fees vary from €1 to €3. Season passes are also available.

The following pools are located in the KMC and nearby areas:
• Kaiserslautern: Warmfreibad, Entersweiler Strasse, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays;
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
• Kaiserslautern: Waschmühle (not heated), Morlauterer Strasse, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays when it opens at noon. Waschmühle has one big basin, 165 meters long and 45 meters wide. It is considered the biggest swimming basin of Europe.
• Trippstadt: Warmfreibad, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Hohenecken: Strandbad Gelterswoog (lake on B270), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesdays through Sundays; noon to 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Hochspeyer: Warmfreibad, noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
• Otterberg: Schwimmbad (not heated), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Alsenborn, Freibad, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Mehlingen: Freibad (not heated), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
• Winnweiler: Schwimmbad, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays when it opens at 1 p.m.
• Rodenbach: Waldschwimmbad, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Every Friday in July and August, floodlight swimming is offered until 11 p.m.
• Landstuhl: Naturerlebnisbad, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and German holidays.
• Miesau: Waldwarmfreibad, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Altenglan: Sport- und Freizeitbad, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Some swimming pools have a combination of indoor and outdoor facilities, which is good for any kind of weather:
• Ramstein: Freizeitbad Azur, 1 to 9 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through
Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
• Kusel: Bade- und Freizeitpark, indoor opening hours: 2 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 a.m. to
9 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 6:30 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Outdoor opening hours:
8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Everyone visiting a public swimming pool has to obey specific rules:
• Don’t push anybody into the water.
• Avoid noise (in some facilities radios and stereo equipment is prohibited).
• Don’t pollute the water and don’t dirty any other areas of the facility.
• Don’t eat or smoke within the immediate swimming area.
• Children younger than 6 must be accompanied by an adult.
• Animals are not allowed in any facility.
• Lifeguards are allowed to ban visitors from the facility if they break official regulations.   

Some swimming pools offer special events. The Azur in Ramstein-Miesenbach is planning to have a Fun and Action Pool Party July 18, and the pool in Bruchmühlbach-Miesau will sponsor a game fest June 15. The Rodenbach pool offers floodlight swimming until 11 p.m. Fridays in July and August.