The nautical base of Arc-sur-Tille (Côte d’Or) officially launched its summer season on May 28 and 29, and lifeguards are back on duty to watch over swimmers.
At Lake Arc-sur-Tille (Côte-d’Or), the 18°C did not prevent young and old from taking out their swimsuits. After playing in the water, a little girl and her big brother put their hands in the sand. “The children wanted to go out, and even go to the beach! In Dijon, we are far from it… The only place to swim is here”, says the father of the children. The Ascension does indeed mark the launch of swimming at the leisure centre.
The more cautious preferred to take advantage of the good weather, without taking a dip. A woman in her sixties says coming here for the first time: “The water is beautiful, you can even see the little fish in the water.” She lets her grandson bathe, preferring to enjoy the “pleasant surroundings”.
The lake extends over 25 hectares, an area that makes up more than half of the leisure base (45 hectares). Given its depth, between 2 to 3.5 meters, the presence of lifeguards seems necessary. Franck Faullimel ensures the safety of children and adults: “Often, swimmers overestimate themselves a little so they will swim a little far. There are a lot of boats passing by, paddle boards or other, so we try to be careful that they stay in their area.”
In all, it is the lifeguards who watch alternately on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as on public holidays, from 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. And when the summer season comes, from July 1 to August 31, swimming is allowed every day, at the same times.
Outside these periods, it is forbidden to swim in this body of water, at the risk of receiving a fine of 38 euros.; the lake can be dangerous. On the other hand, there are no constraints for walkers who can walk along the water’s edge all year round.