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If I could swim ...

If I could swim, I'd do this, but since I can't ...

I've actually taken swimming lessons, took swimming in PE in high school and I've tried it in my brother's pool.

I just have this mental block. I just can't swim. It's not like I'm afraid of the water or anything. I just can't swim.

This weekend, the historic pools in Warm Springs, Ga., where President Franklin D. Roosevelt once swam, will be open.

I've been there on assignment and the pools are always empty. Apparently, it's a way to keep the pools in useable shape.

But twice a year, on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, the pools are filled and open to the public. The pools are open to the public the rest of the year, too, but as I said, they're empty.

My colleague, Sonya Sorich, has actually been swimming up there. She said it's kind of deceptive because when she first heard "healing water," she expected the water to be hot like a hot tub. But it's merely warm. I guess that's why it's called Warm Springs rather than Hot Springs.

Sonya's actually the only person I know who has been swimming in the water there. She said she's thinking of going again this year. And, of course, she's probably the youngest person there!

In 1921, Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio and three years later, visited Warm Springs for treatment in the 88-degree mineral water.

"Swimming in the warm mineral water provided no miracle cure," said Brian Roslund, president of Friends of Roosevelt's Little White House, in a statement. "However, it did provide Roosevelt the inner strength to reenter the political world and run for governor of New York and later the presidency."

After treatment in the water, Roosevelt was able to stand in three feet by himself unaided and was able to move his legs for the first time in three years. The water provided buoyancy which allowed him to exercise for longer periods of time.

In 1925, Roosevelt bought the pools, springs and 1,100 acres of land. He also bought a Victorian resort, spending two-thirds of his personal money to create the world's first post-polio treatment center, the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.

Roosevelt also started the March of Dimes, which help fund the foundation.

He also built a cottage, now known as the Little White House, which includes the pools.

The pools will be open between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The sessions are 90 minutes long and only 80 people are permitted in each session.

Apparently, the sessions sell out pretty quickly, so you'd better act now if you want to go this weekend. I checked out the Weather Channel and the temperatures will be in the low 90s and it will be sunny to partly cloudy. Perfect weather. But make sure you take sunscreen.

It's $20; $12.50 for children ages 6-17.

Call 706-655-5870.

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