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Swimming pools set to open Saturday

(WMC-TV) - Eighteen Memphis City pools are set to open Saturday with new rules in place to make sure swimmers stay safe.

The day the pools opened in 2008, two teen boys drowned in two different Memphis pools.

The tragic events closed all swimming pools for days as city leaders revamped guidelines and restricts in an effort to make all pools safer.

It has been four years and no drowning have occurred since.

Now, summer fun is what is on the minds of families throughout the area.

"It's great summer fun, it's free, and it's open to the public, even the pool cards. You don't have to pay for a pool card," said Toni Holman Turner. "We also have swim lessons, so if they do not know how to swim, the city provides pool lessons."

Memphis city leaders say lifeguards and staff underwent rigorous background checks and intense training to get ready for the season.

Children under 12 are not allowed to swim without a parent or guardian present. And you must have a pool card in order to swim. They can be obtained by bringing a driver's license and your child's birth certificate to specific community centers.

The pools will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information on getting a pool card for the summer, click here.

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