Return to Swimming Update

The Government roadmap could allow WLDC to open the pool again from 12th April.

The work the club now needs to do for us to get back into the water is detailed and takes time. The process has already started but because of the steps we have to take, and the Bank Holidays etc., the target date for starting up again is Tuesday 1st June for the Main Pool and 5th July 2021 provisionally for the Small Pool.

We need to make sure all swimmers are registered with the ASA, confirm all contact information is correct and notify swimmers/parents what Club fees to pay and when to start paying. Plus the necessary Covid forms will need signing and returning

Se therefore we need all swimmers to confirm to us that that they wish to restart their membership again and want to return to the pool as soon as we can make that happen.

Please send an email to gd-finance@outlook.com before 4th April 2021 confirming the following information – this will allow us to go to the next step in the process.

  1. Swimmer’s name
  2. GD unique membership No.
  3. Parent’s name
  4. Current postal address
  5. Current contact phone number

This information is key to the successful return to the water; without knowledge of the number wanting to come back we cannot plan effectively.

Please circulate this amongst people you know who may not see GD postings – help us please, spread the word

FYI – Covid risk assessments/policies are available within the Covid 19 drop down menu.

For your advanced information –

We are looking at the possibility of swimming straight through the summer with no shutdown as would normally happen – this will be confirmed after further review with the teacher/coaches.

Mark Smith is also intending to post on the website some basic swim sets that swimmers could do in a public swim until the club get back up and running.

Return to swimming update

Hello Swimmers.

The trial nights went well and we learnt a few things making one or two adjustments for when you all start back over the coming nights and weeks. The draft video attached to this posting gives a basic guide to the measures we have to take on entering the Leisure Centre and going onto poolside.

Please view it so you can familiarise yourself with the process.

Any queries then please email either Mark on gd-coach@outlook.com or Kieran of gd-workforce@outlook.com

For your information … Due to circumstances beyond our control please note, we have had to change the time of the Thursday Shark and Piranha B sessions to 7:00 – 8:00.

Also, following discussions with the Leisure Centre management they have now stipulated that for any sessions ending at 9:15 all swimmers, coaching staff and parents must have exited the building by 9:25 at the latest. This means there may only be a 10 minute window for changing after such sessions. Please ensure you clear the LC as quickly as possible.

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Extra Sessions – Goldfish & Penguins

GOLDFISH – Width Swimmers – Ben’s Group

You are offered an extra session on a Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

At Ben’s discretion there is also a Saturday AM session – 8:00am to 9:00am – this Saturday session is for those who enter Club Champs and show signs of wanting to compete.

These extra sessions are in lengths and sessions are designed to help with the transition from width to lengths ready for when swimmers move up on a Sunday.

Cost – £1 payable per extra session – pay at the desk.

Please make every effort to attend these extra sessions, it is for your benefit.

Penguins – P1 and P2 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered an extra session on a Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your development that you attend.

If your circumstances do not allow this, you may be able to join the Thursday sessions 6:30pm to 7:30pm – you need to discuss with Nigel first

Penguins – P3 and P4 – Lengths Kieran and Nigel groups

You are offered two extra sessions, Wednesday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm and Thursday evening – 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is important for your competitive development that you attend.

We would prefer that you attend both but expect you to attend at least one of these sessions.

Please also be aware of the squad requirements with regards to Club Champs and Open Meets as per the Move Up flyer handed out.

Other extra sessions are available for selected swimmers on a Tuesday evening and a Saturday morning – these are at the invitation of Mark Smith (Swim Manager)

Cost – £1 per extra session – pay at the desk

It is important for the Club and for your development as you progress towards competitive swimming that you take up these extra sessions.

Swim Mark 2019

Great News!!
Swim Mark is basically an audit of our operating and business systems.
The club gained, what was then known as Swim 21 a couple of years ago and each year you must go through what is termed ‘a health check’, success means you are re-accredited for another year.
Swim 21 recently changed to Swim Mark, and the ASA to Swim England which required, as a minimum, several documents being updated to alter these references. We also had too present several documents in a new format or with current data.
Paula Osborne, our Swim Mark leader, once again took charge of the process and through her hard work and with the support of club colleagues I am pleased to announce that her efforts have allowed us to be successful as we have gained re-accreditation for 2019.
On behalf of the club I would like to thank Paula for her support and hard work.

The Management Team
GDSC

Mr P Tribute Swim

The Management Committee are pleased to inform you that we raised £2360 from the Mr P Tribute Swim, which will be spilt equally between the nominated charities, McMillan and Marie Curie.

Thank you to all concerned.