Afternoon in Frauenfelder Badia 2

Afternoon in Frauenfelder Badia

No fear of height: At the diving platform, children demonstrate their rolling skills. (Photos: Andrea Stalder)

No fear of height: At the diving platform, children demonstrate their rolling skills. (Photos: Andrea Stalder)

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During the hot days many seek a place to cool down: Now everyone wants to get into the water. Rescue workers must follow.

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Smells like sunscreen and chlorine. Summer. The sunny sun is now burning on white bodies. Some are already bright red. It hurts even when you look.

Badi Frauenfeld is full. Many families. Even more children. There is no place in the shade. More colored towels. It seems that everyone was waiting for the sun to finally burn out of the sky.

The pool for children is well-received on Wednesday afternoon.

The pool for children is well-received on Wednesday afternoon.

Much is in the water on Wednesday afternoon. Laugh and scream kids everywhere. The noise level is high. Water temperature: 27 degrees.

"Please do not jump here," says Badmeister Roman Böhi. Burnt brown with sunglasses. Two girls started jumping into the pool. That's forbidden. The rescuer must constantly correct. It works for three years.

Three more patrols beside Bohemia through the crowd. Every 15 minutes they change positions. One keeps the pool, the other is on the way. The third is in the hot pool and the last break. They were tanned, wearing white shirts, black panties, caps and slippers. Working clothes for dreaming.

Lifeguard Roman Böhi likes hot weather when it is working.

Lifeguard Roman Böhi likes hot weather when it is working.

Rescue workers rarely have bad incidents

"I like hot weather, I agree with the heat, I do not wear underwear these days." The yellow-orange umbrella gives the shadow of Roman Bohemia.

"Last Wednesday someone made the gearbox and then crashed"

His eyes are always at the rowing pool. "The person then had to be taken to the hospital." Last year it was said that somebody hit the concrete as he jumped from the diving platform. Such cases rarely happen. "Instead, we have to treat fewer injuries, such as scratches." Badmeister, a savior in need.

15 minutes is over. The next Badmeister comes in. Michael Frauenknecht replaces Roman Böhi from swim to the pool.

And he: white shirt, swimsuit. He's been doing this job for eight years. He looked over the pool. "On Wednesday afternoon." Despite many people, everything looks calm. "Rush and bustle requires a lot of concentration to keep everything in mind."

During 15 minutes, rescuer Michael Frauenknecht is looking over a packed children's pool.

During 15 minutes, rescuer Michael Frauenknecht is looking over a packed children's pool.

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Everyone is now in the water. Children laugh – children scream. The kids stand on the big slope tower and wait. "Bad is closing in half eight, then we have to clean up about two hours," says Frauenknecht.

After 15 minutes his shift is over. He is now on Badi tour. No loud music, no football matches. "Besides, at the entrance I check that adults do not buy a child's ticket to enter the bathroom." Some simply try every trick.

He was sweating behind the restaurant counter

Badigäste gather on the other side of the children's pool. She has ice cream. Waterglace, sorbet, creamy ice cream. A great choice from a blue freezer. At hot temperatures Glace is a blockbuster at Badirestaurant «Wasserwelle».

"But we are especially famous for our fries, for special spices," says Rolf. Pink T-shirt, white apron. It's hot behind the counter.

"In the kitchen we are 10 to 15 degrees warmer than outside. Usually about 45 degrees.

His recipe: "I drink a lot."

At Badirestauranta's "Wasserwelle" stand, two employees are applauded by Alice and Rolf.

At Badirestauranta's "Wasserwelle" stand, two employees are applauded by Alice and Rolf.

Eat, drink, swim, sunbathe. While the backs are not red. The head is overheated. Children are tired. It was good Wednesday. 4000 guests. In two weeks it could be even more. "During Openair Frauenfeld, people are coming here to shower," says Böhi. Then it's 6,000. Where's the pool area, that's questionable. 4000, like this Wednesday, is enough.