Former lifeguard reflects on early days of city pool

Following in her grandmother's footsteps, Savannah Moore is now on her second summer as a lifeguard at the Corbin City pool. | Photo by Angela Turner 

 

CORBIN — “It was an exciting time in Corbin,” said Darlene McBurney about the summer of 1964. “We didn’t have a lot of recreation back then.”

In 1964, the Corbin City Pool had just opened and it stayed filled with friends and families finding refuge from the summer heat.

McBurney was going to college and needed a summer job so she applied to be a lifeguard at the city pool. Remembering those days, McBurney laughed and said, “It’s been so long ago.”

Recalling the diving boards and kids pool, she has fond memories of her old summer job.

“We had a lot of people come to the pool that were actually professional divers that would use the high dive to practice,” said McBurney. “Things have changed so much.”

McBurney would walk to her job at the pool because her mother and father worked.

“I remember I bought my fall clothes for college with the money I made from working,” McBurney said. “I can remember my mother and I going shopping.”

McBurney said after she had her own family, they all went together to the pool as well.

Following in her grandmother's footsteps, Savannah Moore is now on her second summer as a lifeguard at the Corbin City Pool.

McBurney received her training from the Red Cross, but luckily she didn't have to rescue anyone during the summer she worked. However, Moore just recently had to dive in and save a toddler. The saves are now documented on a poster located at the pool's entrance.

Moore said although some of the things within the pool have been updated, a lot of the experiences are the same as when McBurney was lifeguarding.

“The other day there was a lady here at the pool that used to work here and she was telling me about how there used to be a kiddie pool,” she said.

Moore said her job lifeguarding at the pool is one of her favorite jobs so far.

The city pool, complete with new diving boards, continues to stay busy with community members and church groups, as well as company and birthday parties.

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