Community swim returns to Redwood High School

Community swim returns to Redwood High School

Longtime former Marin Pirates and College of Marin swim coach Warren Lager grew up in Greenbrae and has fond memories going down to an open pool at Redwood High as a kid.

“I remember going down to that pool, jumping in and doing the open pool thing, “ Lager said. “It seemed like a nice thing to revive.”

The recently created Marin Pirates Foundation — spearheaded by Lager and Marco Farahmand — is helping to do exactly that. Starting on Tuesday, the Redwood High pool will have open swim hours for the first time in about a decade.

“It means (local residents) will have a place to swim,” Lager said. “I was born at Marin General and I went to Redwood so there’s a certain amount of loyalty I have to Redwood.”

Lager wanted to provide a way for underprivileged kids to learn how to swim and Corte Madera resident Pat Ravasio had been leading the charge to reinstate community access to the pool.

“Pat was trying to get this thing off the ground and I thought it might work well to dovetail what we’re trying to do with this lesson plan for the underprivileged kids and merge it with what they are trying to do with Redwood High.

“We’re going to have water aerobics for adults and open lap swim time for adults and open swim for kids,” Lager said. “There was a three-hour space open at Redwood from noon to 3 (p.m.). We came up with a program and the Tam District folks liked it.”

The Tam Union High School District was receptive to the idea of reopening the pool to the public in conjunction with Lager’s desire to offer swimming lessons to underprivileged kids.

“It is such a delight to know that this program will come to fruition and I especially like knowing that our community will continue to benefit from Warren Lager’s talent and dedication,” TUHSD board president Leslie Lundgren Harlander said in a press release.

Lager retired from coaching three years ago but wanted to stay involved with the aquatics community and pivot the Marin Pirates toward a new mission.

“We’re trying to get kids who don’t have the means to get swimming lessons, especially coming after COVID,” Lager said. “There’s two summers where 4-, 5-, 6-year-old kids who should have been learning how to be water safe had no access.”

The schedule, subject to adjustments, will start Tuesday, and thereafter run Monday through Thursday, and on selected weekend days to be announced. Admission will be $10 per person, on a first-come, first-served basis. Discounts are available on a need basis. No registration is required except for swim lessons.

“We all know the importance of healthy outdoor recreation,” Corte Madera town manager Todd Cusimano said in a press release. “We want to support every opportunity to help our residents live healthier lives, connect with their community, and start having a little more fun.

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