Summer, Sweet Summer

The school year is winding up. Meetings and obligations are thinning out, and eventually traffic will too. The lap lanes are ready, the clubhouse refreshed; our swim and dive teams have already plunged into a new season.

There’s so much to enjoy at the pool in summer 2018. We’re adding live music events and triathlon support, along with raft and movie nights, the venerable crab feast (save the date – July 14), and classes for adults as well as children. And plenty of food trucks.

Savor the season.

Kids Raft Night This Saturday, June 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. School’s out for summer!  Our first raft night will be this Saturday, June 16, 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  Pool members and their guests are welcome to bring rafts and float away the end of the week.

All rafts must be single-person rafts rather than those huge multi-person ones. This makes it easier for our life guards to keep a watchful eye on the bottom of the pool.  During the raft night hour, all lap lanes will be closed. But it will be dinner time, and the Holy Crepes will be serving up savory and sweet crepes from 3:00 to 6:30 pm.  If you miss this first raft night, our next one will be at the same time on June 30th.

Live Music Night

What’s better than a Friday evening at the pool with friends?  How about adding live music?  Mark your calendar for Friday, June 22, for the first in a series of live music nights at the pool.  We kick it off with some of “Bannockburn’s own” amateur musicians performing while you wind down from your busy week.  Join us starting at 6:30pm.

Bannockburn Dive and Swim Teams Want Your Kids! 

Bannockburn’s Dive and Swim Team seasons are getting under way but there are plenty of spaces available and registration is still open for both teams. No experience necessary, lots of fun, and AP credit pending.
Both teams are looking for kids ages 6 — 18 who

  •  want to learn how to dive or swim or both
  •  can already do a quadruple-flip but just want to refine it a bit
  •  have a “best time” within a tenth of a second of Michael Phelps’ world record
  •  anything in between. 

Practice Times vary depending on age:

Dive Team – Daily Practices 6:30 – 7:30 pm (new / younger divers); 7:30 – 8:30 pm (older/more experienced divers.) Meets take place Sundayafternoons. More info can be found here.

Swim Team — Check here for exact practice times by age group. Meets are on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Go to (then click on “Teams” / “Dive” or “Swim”) to register.

Swim & Dive Team Use of Pool

Our swim and dive teams practice at our pool daily, from June 18th – July 20th, in the mornings 8:30 – 10:30 am, and Monday – Friday from about 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm.  There is usually one or two lap lanes open for members during this time period.  (Daily practice schedule can be found here for swim and dive.)  Our smaller children’s pool, as well as infant pool, are always open.  Swim and dive meets take place Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.  Please consult our calendar if you’d like to see when the pool is closed for these meets.  All pool members are welcome to come watch the meets and cheer for our Dolphins!

Summer Food Truck Lineup  

Don’t feel like cooking dinner at the end of a busy week? Don’t worry. We have you covered. Every Saturday, from 3:00 to 6:30 pm in June and July we’ll have food trucks selling diverse food until they run out. Come out and support these local, small family-operated businesses. The food truck schedule will also be on the calendar section of our website.

June 16 Holy Crepes
June 23 Cheeze On Wheels
June 30 Peruvian Brothers
July 7 Swizzler
July 14 Tacos El Rey
July 21 Balkinik

Who’s Who at the Pool

A consummate swimmer and a consummate Bannockburnian. That’s Lynn Brownell, a pool member for 64 years, virtually since the pool opened about 1954. She’s swum, officiated at meets, served on the swim team committee, and raised two swimmers, one a coach. Her son, Sam Brownell, a record-setting swimmer, coached the Dolphins for eight years and continues part-time with Sea Devils.

“The pool still has a nice community even as it’s gotten bigger. I still go to the home swim meets to keep in touch with the younger swimmers and their families.”

Now a Palisades resident, Lynn grew up in Bannockburn, where her parents Lloyd and Susan Emerson were early pool board members and swim team parents. In fact, her dad invented the pool’s “poppit” game. Aside from her long time connection to our pool, where she serves as board secretary, Lynn taught for 24 years at the Bannockburn Nursery School. Today she tutors and volunteers in public schools and at Sibley Hospital—when she isn’t in the lap lanes at American University; she swims in the L4 Master’s swim group, and can frequently be seen at early bird swim doing her elegant backstroke in our own lap lanes.

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Text bburnpool to 662-200-4303 or go to (easiest to open this link directly on your phone to sign-up)

Gentle Reminder about Glass at the Pool

It is strictly prohibited to bring glass of any kind to the pool.  Please transfer any food or drink normally in glass to another form that is NOT GLASS. Thank you for respecting this important rule for everyone’s safety. We have a lot of bare feet at the pool.

Fun Facts About Butterfly

Invented in the 1930s, butterfly was considered a version of breaststroke until 1952….The 1956 Olympics was the first games where it was swum separately in competition. Many butterfly swimmers breathe every other stroke. At higher levels, breathing every stroke is just as fast, however. Michael Phelps is an example of a swimmer who breathes every stroke and swims butterfly at record speeds.
——The Joy of Swimming
Lisa Congdon