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Swimming Safety Measures

Following the Government announcement, we are pleased to share the latest information on the reopening of our centres.

It’s been a challenging start to the year for us all, but this update is very much welcomed by the leisure industry and we look forward to getting the nation back active in 2021. We’re so pleased we’re once again able to support our local communities. Like everyone else, over the coming months, our focus is to safely reopen our centres as soon as we can.

Thank you all for your continued support.

We are working hard to ensure our centres remain a safe environment for all. Below are details for the measures we are taking around our centres and specifically to certain facilities/activities within them.

Please be aware, not all of the below facilities may reopen at your local leisure centre in the first instance – this is dependent on the specific plans that have been agreed with your local authority.

Please ensure you read this information thoroughly before visiting the centre. All the measures detailed below are based on government guidance and our own risk assessments.

COVID secure measures for our swimming pools

As I’m sure you can appreciate, we’ve had to adapt various elements of our pools due to the current circumstances and to protect the safety of our customers and colleagues.

We will be opening in step 2 from 12th April (please note this is the earliest time indicated by the Government and may move backwards). We will only be running under 18’s swimming lessons, lane swimming, public swimming and under 18’s club sessions, so we can control and maintain social distancing. Please read the following information, which includes specific detail on how this will be managed:

Swimming lessons

  • The general measures will apply as well as the below measures
  • We will run fewer lessons within the pool at one time to allow for both children and swimming teachers to social distance. This may affect the times we are able to offer customers
  • Lesson times will be staggered, so there will be fewer classes starting and finishing at the same time
  • No other activities will take place in the same pool when lessons are on. This will create the additional space that will be required to accommodate lessons and maintain social distancing requirements
  • On arriving, there will be a one-way system in place, directing you and your child to the lesson
  • Only one parent should attend with a child, to reduce the number of people in the building
  • Where possible, we ask swimmers to arrive for their session beach ready. This will avoid the need to use the changing rooms prior to their session
  • Swim Teachers will be required to teach from the poolside and maintain social distancing from pupils at all times
  • All pre-school stage 1 children will be required to wear arm discs
  • Parents may be asked to attend lessons in the water with younger children (only one parent, per child)

Public / Family Swimming

  • The general measures will apply as well as the below measures
  • Public swimming will operate with a reduced bather load. Capacity will be based on Swim England guidance and will be continually reviewed
  • All sessions must be booked online in advance – either through the websiteor app – so capacities can be managed
  • During public/family swimming sessions lanes will not be available. For lane swimming please book into the specific sessions available on our website/app. These may appear at the same time but must be booked separately so we can manage the capacities in our pools
  • Sessions will be a maximum of 50-minutes long to allow cleaning of changing facilities
  • Where possible, we ask swimmers to arrive for their session beach ready. This will avoid the need to use the changing rooms prior to their session
  • Please help us to keep our pools open and our swimmers safe by maintaining social distancing whilst in the pool
  • When attending Family swimming sessions customers are welcome to bring along your own individual fun toys for your entertainment. Items you can bring to these sessions include:
    • Foam/Inflatable/Soft balls
    • Noodles
    • Small floats under 1 metre
    • Small inflatables under 1 metre
    • Small water pistols or small super soakers
    • Dive Sticks/Sinkers

Lane swimming

  • The general measures will apply as well as the below measures
  • Lane swimming will operate in double-width lanes and bather loads will be reduced. Capacity will be based on Swim England guidance and will be continually reviewed
  • All sessions must be booked online in advance – either through the websiteor app – so capacities can be managed
  • Swimmers must be able to swim lengths continually, this includes junior swimmers
  • Sessions will be a maximum of 50-minutes long to allow cleaning of changing facilities
  • Where possible, we ask swimmers to arrive for their session beach ready. This will avoid the need to use the changing rooms prior to their session

Ensure you swim in the correct Lane, details of each lane are shown below:

  • Fast Lane– customer will spend most of their session swimming front crawl, and on average will complete 25 metres in under 30 seconds
  • Medium Lane– this lane will be for customers who undertake a variety of strokes and will regularly complete 25 metres in 30-45 seconds
  • Slow Lane– customer is likely to do the majority of swimming breaststroke, and likely to take over 45 seconds to complete 25 metres

Lane swimming etiquette

People of different standards and abilities will be using the pool. Please respect their right to enjoy their swim. Before attending please familiarise yourself with the below rules for lane swimming sessions:

  • Follow the one-way system around the poolside
  • Use the lane you have booked – slow, medium or fast
  • Enter and exit the pool as directed
  • Follow the directional signs and move across to the appropriate side of the lane for each length
  • Please do not overtake whilst swimming. Before pushing off at each turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching
  • Always attempt to maintain appropriate social distance between yourself and another swimmer
  • Do not make physical contact with other users
  • Wide strokes such as butterfly should be avoided when the lanes are busy
  • Whether stopping for a rest or catching your breath after completing your swim, please be mindful that others using the lane will want to keep swimming without stopping. Keep yourself to the edge of the lane allowing others to turn at the wall, turning your head away and allowing others to maintain social distancing measures
  • If you need a longer rest, please exit the pool and use the designated area on poolside
  • Participants are asked to bring their own equipment, eg. Kickboards, pull buoys, training snorkels and short fins

The lifeguards are here for everyone’s safety. If they ask you to adhere to the above guidance, your co-operation would be appreciated.

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Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our general centre social measures  as well as the listed facility specific measures prior to your visit.

All booking and payments need to be via the website or the Everyone Active app.

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COVID secure measures for our Aqua Fit / Aqua Natal

Step 3 – from 17th May (please note this is the earliest time indicated by the Government and may move backwards).

  • The general measures will apply as well as the below measures.
  • Aqua Fit/Aqua Natal Customers will need to book in advance via the Everyone Active app. Classes will run with a minimum of 15 minutes being allocated after each class, to allow time for cleaning of the equipment and changeover of participants
  • Members will be able to book a class up-to 7-days in advance. Non-members will be able to book a class up-to 5-days in advance
  • Where possible, we ask swimmers to arrive for their session beach ready. This will avoid the need to use the changing rooms prior to their session.
  • Class capacity will be reduced to ensure social distancing. Poolside markers will outline exercise starting points for customers
  • All equipment will be sanitised prior to and after each use. We request that customers do not share equipment.
  • If sessions are busy we may have to stagger exit to the changing rooms at the end of the class so please be patient with our colleagues.

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Please ensure you familiarise yourself with our general centre social measures  as well as the listed facility specific measures prior to your visit.

All booking and payments need to be via the website or the Everyone Active app.

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