Video: The ABCs of staying cool at the pool

SEATTLE - So you want to keep cool, but you don't have a pool? No problem. Here are some basic tips on going to a public pool.

Will Sears works at Colman Pool in West Seattle and he says last Sunday was super-busy.

"I've been guarding summers here for nine years and it was positively one of the most crowded I've ever seen it in my life," says Will.

If you're thinking about diving in, it's extraordinarily easy to take advantage of public pools in this extraordinary heat.

Using Colman Pool as our example, here are some simple tips:

* Colman Pool opens for lap swimming at noon. From 1:45 to 4:45 in the afternoon, it's all about open swim.

* The cost is $4 for adults, $2.75 for seniors and youths.

* And what's it like to swim in a big, public pool? Here's Will's take on the 1:45-4:45 block:

"We have no lap lanes so we have a shallow end, a deep end where we have a diving board, and/or the slide going at the same time. The middle section is just free to swim around in. We have noodles and floats and you can pretty much do just whatever you want."

* In case you didn't know, Colman Pool is located right on the shores of Puget Sound, in Lincoln Park. So if the pool's too crowded for you - and you can bet that it will be packed during this heat wave - just saunter out and jump in the Sound.

"It's a little bit cooler than this pool," says Will. "This pool's usually right around 82 degrees or so and the Sound is still down in the mid, upper 50's right now."

For a few other ideas, see the additional links below to all sorts public places where you can go to get cool:

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