REMINDER – SOCIAL DISTANCING

Following on from yesterday’s posting on wearing face masks, we must remind you that the social distancing rules apply to both parents and kids when waiting outside inline to come into swimming – the rules also apply when in the LC.

We also remind you that you are to arrive only 5 minutes before your session start time.

The LC have reminded us of this following a complaint. If we do not comply, we could risk losing use of the facility.

Whilst we understand some may not agree with the rules, we remind you that you agreed to comply by returning to swimming.

Please social distance and wear masks for everyone’s benefit.

GDSC Management Team

FACE MASKS

The Leisure Centre are encouraging anyone entering the building to wear a face mask or suitable covering when not taking part in an activity, something the club support – can we ask that you do this if you enter the building and also stay to spectate at any time.

GDSC Management Team

WE’RE BACK …

We are back in the water!

OK so not everyone is yet but we are working on it with our phased approach – below is more info on what’s been going on and how we are bring you back to the pool.

Return to Swim

Covid 19 has been, and continues to be very difficult for all of us, as a club we have been working on returning to the pool since mid-June, writing risk assessments, procedures, and juggling plans around to give us best use of the pool under the new restrictions, despite not having any indication of a return date at that time.

In several of the club’s website and FB posts reference has been made to a ‘phased start’, possibly without enough detail behind it.

Working with the Leisure Centre and within Swim England guidelines we have adopted a 3 phased start plan. This gives us a gradual return of swimmers so they, and the GD staff can understand the safety measures in place around the facility, the key points of our procedures around the pool and the new way of swimming in wide lanes etc. whilst still socially distancing in the water etc.

We appreciate that this approach takes time which may not suit everyone, but to bring you all back at one time is not possible with the social distancing rules we have in place and numbers in the pool being reduced by current guidelines. Therefore, how we put groups into the water had to be managed differently to what was to the old ‘normal’.

This aspect of the Covid 19 measures has possibly been the hardest and it took some time to arrive at a plan that was deemed to be fair to the majority of our swimmers, once we had been given the green light by the LC to return.

At the start of the month we had trial sessions to confirm our risk assessments, procedures and swim plans are effective, and these went very well which allowed us to implement Phase 1.

Phase 1 is Sharks & Piranhas, they started this last week and again sessions went well, and they will continue through next week.

Subject to no issues this week, and no change to the Swim England and Government guidelines, the plan is to implement Phase 2 and welcome back Swordfish, Penguins 3 & 4 and Masters during w/c 20th September. Again, signed documents and payment arrangements must be in place before swimmers are allowed back into the water.

Phase 3 – Penguins 1 & 2 with Goldfish are targeted to return during w/c 4th October subject to current guidelines remaining in place, packs were sent out 10th September. All signed documents must be returned and bank payments set-up by 22nd September to allow you to swim.

Sadly, under current Leisure Centre guidelines we are not able to offer a start date for the small pool return for our Tadpole swimmers

Can I personally thank our swim families for your patience and understanding during these difficult times – we have to work in a way we believe best for all, we believe the measures we have put in place and the phased return approach allows us to minimise any risk to swimmers, our staff and the LC staff.

From worrying about vulnerable people within the family, to kids going back to school, people on furlough or sadly losing their jobs, etc. it is a difficult time for all of us but hopefully with the plan we have in place we can all come together and start to see some normality in the world of swimming.

Nigel Stevenson & The GD Management Team.

 

 

 

SPECTATORS

As we return to the pool, we would ask that parents do not stop and watch the sessions unless you are from over 20 to 30 mins travelling time away.

Space on the balcony is restricted and if you do stay, you must observe social distancing guidelines as well as following the Leisure Centres one way system.

Thanks

 

 

RETURN TO SWIM PACK

Just a quick reminder to those who received their return to Swim pack, we need your signed declarations back ASAP, if you have not already returned them, please do so using the SAE provided – thank you if you have already done this.

This applies to swimmers and our staff.

The second phase packs are being prepared/at print and will be posted out shortly. If you receive one, please return your signed declarations in the SAE provided ASAP.

Sadly, if the declarations are not returned you will not be allowed to swim or work on poolside.

Small Pool – We are not able to offer small pool sessions due to the current guidance and WLLC regulations meaning they are not allowed to sub-let the pool to us or the public at the present time. We will update you when we have any positive news.