Tiger Plunge is making a splash

Paul Collins
Posted 7/5/24

LUSK – With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, Lusk residents are once again turning to the Tiger Plunge Swimming Pool to beat the heat. 

The local pool officially opened …

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Tiger Plunge is making a splash

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LUSK – With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, Lusk residents are once again turning to the Tiger Plunge Swimming Pool to beat the heat. 

The local pool officially opened its doors on Thursday, June 4. Tiger Plunge manager Joyce Hammer and her trusty crew of 14 lifeguards welcomed townspeople and visitors back with some extended hours and a continuation of the swimming lessons that started up last year.  Lusk residents and out-of-towners can now enjoy daily lap swims from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open swims are also being held Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is even something for swimmers who like to keep later hours as the pool introduces night swimming sessions. On Wednesday through Friday, as darkness descend on the world, people will get to swim from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, Saturdays and Sundays will see some night hours, with the pool opening at 1 p.m. and closing at 7 p.m. According to Hammer, the Tiger Plunge is seeing a considerable spike in business, due in part to improvements in the weather.

“We have a lot of people this year,” Hammer told the Herald. “We have had more business this year than we did last year. It was kind of cold last year. We would have a nice week and a windy week.”

The Tiger Plunge Swimming Pool first opened in June of 2014. The pool was constructed with grant money and modeled off of a similar pool in Guernsey. The Tiger Plunge replaced an older pool that was lacking in several ways.

“I was the manager of the old pool,” recalled Hammer. “The boiler didn’t work. The chlorine system was a mess. It was an old pool.”

Ten years after its introduction to Lusk, the Tiger Plunge Swimming Pool is still going strong. This summer, the pool has seen a large mixture of local residents and tourists. Two parties have already been held at the pool, with two more scheduled for this summer. Swimming lessons for children have also given the pool a notable boost. The instructional program began last year and was brought back by popular demand. Participants in the lessons learn the fundamentals of swimming. Hammer and another Lusk resident, Yvonne Jensen, authored the instructions that are now being used to keep Lusk youngster floating.   

“Thirty years ago, Yvonne Jensen and I went and got trained by the Red Cross to be swimmers,” said Hammer. “We did that for about eight years, but then the Red Cross wasn’t in our community anymore. So we couldn’t do Red Cross swimming lessons anymore. So Yvonne and I made up our own plan for swimming lessons and that’s what I am using again. I asked the townspeople if I could put in a grant so we could have lessons. We have too many kids who can’t swim who are where they shouldn’t be. We got a recreation grant last year and we got another one this year.”

Three sessions are planned for this summer. The first session began on Monday, June 17 and ended on Friday, June 28.The second session will begin on Monday, July 8 and end on Friday, July 19. The third and final session will start on Monday, July 22 and conclude on Friday, August 2. The Tiger Plunge is also offering country lessons for people who do not live in town and only periodically travel into Lusk. Country lessons began on Thursday, June 20. They will be held on Thursdays throughout the summer, ending on Thursday, August 8.

People wanting to learn more about activities at the Tiger Plunge are encouraged to contact Hammer and her team by calling 307-334-0121. The Tiger Plunge’s schedule and other details can also be found at the Town of Lusk’s website.