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OP offers chance to dive in with ‘Big Chill’

(Jan. 8, 2015) Looking to increase the amount of activities offered during the usually quiet winter months, Ocean Pines aquatics launched a “dive in” movies series in November.
More than 80 people turned up to watch “Finding Nemo” on Nov. 1, followed by more than 200 attendees for the Disney smash “Frozen” on Dec. 6.
“It’s been an idea that people have thrown around for a long time, but when I came here I asked Sonya [Bounds], the rec director, if we could use her movie screen to try and do dive in movies and she said yes,” Aquatics Director Colby Phillips said.
Bounds had been using the inflatable screen for the movies in the park series.
“I’m someone who really likes to try new ideas,” Phillips said. “I think we need more things in wintertime for the kids and families. There’s not as much to do apart from the rec department activities. We’re trying to add more at the pool.”
Up next, dive in movies present an offering for grownups, with “The Big Chill” screening on January 10 at 6 p.m. The showing is 21 and over, and guests can bring alcoholic beverages as long as they are not in glass containers.
“They can bring appetizers and food and we’ll have rafts out,” Phillips said.
Family friendly screenings return on Jan. 24 with the Pixar prequel “Monsters University,” showing at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for swim members, $5 for residents and $7 for nonresidents. For Monsters University, a special nonresident rate of $20 is available for families.
Phillips said swimming facilities are scarce in the area, meaning swimming while watching a feature film is doubly rare entertainment.
“We’re one of the only indoor pools that are open to the public,” Phillips said. “We encourage people to come in and swim and watch a movie and bring their dinner, and just do things together as a family.
“We try and do this as a family thing, so hopefully people leave cherishing the time they spent together as a family, and also to have an opportunity to see what our pool is and what we have to offer,” Phillips said. “We have so much to offer the public, and we’re trying to get more people to come in and have an experience in our pool, wanting to come back for other things.”
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