There are really two issues here:
1) Whether there is money to cover the upgrades/repairs.
2) Whether you need a pool to practice water rescues.
I'll answer the second question... absolutely. This is especially needed for initial training. Training in the water can be incredibly dangerous. It would most definitely include submersion and other maneuvers that are difficult. You certainly wouldn't want to start this training in a body of water (like a river) with currents and poor visibility. Why do you think the coast guard and the navy use pools? For safety. The other issue is how do you plan training in a body of water that is unpredictable?
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