Kileey Griebel is a Pipestone, Minnesota native with a longstanding interest in aquatics.
“I became lifeguard certified while still in high school and I was a lifeguard for seven years at the pool in my hometown. I also managed the pool during my last two years there,” Kileey states.
In addition, Griebel also obtained her WSI (Water Safety Instructor) certification.
“That allowed me to teach public and private swimming lessons,” she explains.
She is a 2014 graduate of South Dakota State University, where she majored in Sports, Recreation and Park Management and minored in Recreation Administration and Leadership.
Griebel has implemented two new programs which she hopes will be popular with children and adults.
Family Swim Night will held Sunday nights from 6-8pm. This time will be set aside for families and children accompanied by a guardian who is at least sixteen years old.
“During this time snorkels, flippers and noodles will allowed. However, you won’t be able to bring large floating devices, simply because lifeguards wouldn’t be able to see a child if they were trapped underneath. This will be a fun time for families to get together and bring in some toys that aren’t allowed during regular hours.”
A Walking in the Water course will also be offered from 8-9pm.
“Hopefully, this will allow individuals who can’t make it in the morning to participate in the course. Walking in the Water will take place in the Lazy River. Also during this time, adult lap swimming will be offered in the 50 meter pool, “Kileey says.
As opening day nears, she also wants to reminds patrons about a couple of policies.
“Regarding children who attend the park without a parent or guardian; in order for a child to attend the park without an adult, they need to be at least eight years old. Otherwise the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least sixteen years old”
Severe weather is also an important consideration during park season.
“Anytime there is lightning suspected within 10 miles of the park, we have to clear the pool. If the weather clears after 30 minutes we will reopen, ” Griebel says.
Splash Central will open for Memorial Day weekend, May 23th-25th, however due to Huron schools still being in session, the pool will be closed May 26th-28th. The park officially opens for the season May 29th at 4pm.
Pool passes are now available at the Campus Center. After the season begins, passes can be purchased at Splash Central.