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Eyster Pool officials to offer Wednesday ‘BRO’ Swim program

By Kalene Lozick | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | January 29, 2018

     Active-duty Soldiers can swim laps, partake in a rock climbing wall and go down a slide at Eyster Pool 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday as part of the “BRO” Swim program.

     “It’s (a) $3 entry fee for all active-duty (Soldiers) and (we) plan to continue it through the spring at the least when we the outdoor pool is open,” said Judy Gardner, water safety instructor for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

     She said there is no set activ­ity Soldiers have to do, the only request is no kids and families.

     Eyster Pool has water polo goals, a rock climbing wall, two slides and lap lanes open to the Soldiers.

     "We are trying to pinpoint Soldiers that are in the barracks to get them out and give them something to do,” Gardner said.

     With hair dripping with water, Gardner said swimming is fun. She just got done swim­ming herself.

    “Swimming is energizing and relaxing at the same time because you get a little workout with cardio, but it’s just fun,” she said. “So it’s definitely going to boost mood. If you are going to play a game with your friends, it becomes more fun and competitive.”

      They just want to get the word out about the program, Gardner said.

      “When people come in, they tell their friends how their experience was,” said Aubrey Kerbs, staff member of Eyster Pool and daughter of Sgt. Thomas Kerbs, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artil­lery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. “So get­ting people in the initial few times then that will spread like wildfire.”

      A word-of-mouth tactic is on to show Soldiers they can have fun without entering the bar scene, Kerbs said.

      For more information, visit the website www.riley.armymwr.com/.

 

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