FOR 50 years, Valentine Heated Swimming Pool has battled to stay afloat and it now faces another threat - it needs volunteers to keep operating.
The pool services hydrotherapy patients, novice swimmers and the general public, with three hydrotherapy pools and a 25-metre public pool.
It has been operated by Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools Incorporated for the past 26 years.
In summer, up to 300 patrons use the pool daily.
Treasurer Neville Thomas said the pool had been through ownership changes, near closure and even an earthquake, but had survived thanks to volunteer work, including fund-raising events and working bees.
The most recent repairs were carried out by the Valentine Lions Club to the enclosure around the 25-metre pool.
Mr Thomas said the pool had survived too much to lose out now.
"A lot of people have put time into this place," he said.
"We would be grossly letting them down if we didn't do everything we could to keep it going."
Mr Thomas said the facility sought to enlist the help of local community members who were keen to maintain the pool and help staff the canteen.
This Saturday, October 12, the pool will host its spring open day from 10am until 3pm.
There will be a barbecue, cake stalls, entertainment and a photographic display of the pool's history, with free entry for all.
Anyone who wishes to volunteer can register their interest on the day.
■ Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools, 1A St Johns Drive, Croudace Bay, phone 4946 8522, valentinepools.org.au.