This week at WW

Hello and happy Sunday. It is Sunday, right?
 
First off I would like to extend a huge thank you! You have been extremely helpful and cooperative with all the policy and procedural changes we’ve been throwing at you. As we move into this week this will be continue to be important as we are making some changes to open up a couple of more spots at each swim, as well as adding our seniors and near neighbor members into the mix.
 
A friendly reminder, swim sessions are 45 minutes long and you should be on your way out the door at that time. This allows time for the staff to adequately disinfect prior to the next swim session, helping us keep everyone safe. Please also remember that locker rooms are for bathroom use and hand washing only.

Starting this week we will be adding a 7th and 8th lane to each swim time. These two lanes are shorter in length, about half the full lane, and the water is approximately 4 feet in depth the entire length as well. While one could certainly swim in these lanes, our intent is that these lanes be for those that would rather walk in the water than swim. We do anticipate some mix-ups where people think they have signed up for a longer lane, so please pay attention to the description for these particular lanes when making your reservation. 


 
Still no word or update on any new guidelines from the state or county. We continue to work on planning for that eventuality though, so if/when we get word, we will be able to implement new swimming options as quickly as possible.

Stay well and thanks for wearing that mask!

-Raab

Goodbye June and hello July…

The first week is done and I actually think it went better than I had anticipated. Thank you for your patience!

We are still working with Omnify and hoping to be able to move the “day of” sign up to a more reasonable time than 12:01am.  We’re not sure if or when they will be able to implement this change but we’ve heard from their tech support that they are getting many requests for this modification.

And speaking of “day of” sign ups something that we wondering about was confirmed over this past weekend…

If you use a “day of” swim prior to reserving your 1 swim for the week, this “day of” swim counts as your 1 swim for the week. For example, if you make a “day of” reservation on Sunday, June 28th, then you will not be able to reserve a swim in advance during the week of June 28th-July 4th. This is because the Omnify reservation system allows us to set a “1 swim per week” restriction, and then lifts the restriction each day to allow for “day of” reservations. We want everyone to be aware of this! Please make sure to make your reservation for the week before using a “day of” swim! If you have any questions about this, contact Julie Lockhart at: wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com

These are indeed strange times. Health department regulations actually state that our showers and locker rooms are to remain closed. Which given the indoor, tight quarters nature of those spaces makes complete sense. We are lucky to have the outdoor showers and we figured that using them would be okay, and until we hear otherwise we will continue with that. A friending reminder though that these showers are intended only for rinsing off not for the full blown shampoo, soap up, and conditioning routine. Please plan on doing all of that at home. We thank you for adhering to this as we still need swimmers to be promptly on their way out of the facility at the end of their swim time, and in a few instances last week we were running into situations where it was taking a little bit longer than that. Keeping the showers as a rinse off only will help us have the time to thoroughly sanitize prior to the next group of swimmers, and also help ensure that we are keeping swimmer departure and arrivals separated enough between groups to help with that socially distancing thing, which is also part of the county guidelines.

Kickboards are back and we have procedures in place for sanitizing those now as well.

Still no news or guidance on phase 3 and I have a feeling that it might be a while.

Thank you for your continued patience…Stay well everyone!

–Raab

 


Hey there Wedgwood Members!

Good news! The Wedgwood Gear store is now officially open and taking orders until July 5th.  Please see the attached handout for how to access the store and order gear online. The COVID-19 crisis has been especially challenging this year for Sylvia’s and there are some things you should be aware of as a result:

1. There is not the same great variety and selection as years past.  So, there is not the same diversity in gear that you would normally see.  That said, we thought it important to still give our Wedgwood families the option to orders some things as some of our swimmers look forward to this every year!  
2. We realize that ordering is happening much later this year.  Unfortunately, Sylvia’s has been closed and is now in a staggered scaledown production mode of operation.  That said, it will still be 4-6 weeks until the delivery of your items will occur.  
3.  All orders will be shipped directly to your home address.  Sylvias will not be delivering any orders to Wedgwood pool or to PO boxes.  
4. While we know some swimmers may need a swimsuit this year, there is no requirement to have a Wedgwood swimsuit for team events or practices.  
5. We included a white t-shirt in hopes of a future tie dye day.  Feel free to stock up on white cotton masks as well to commemorate summer 2020.
6.  Sylvia’s has promised that next year they will have a much more extensive selection to choose from again including our multicolor logo on the suits and the timeless duffel bag.
7.  We strongly encourage weekday shopping in case you run into log in/website issues.  The office workers typically work week day hours.

Thank you so much to all of our Wedgwood families for understanding and being patient through all of the ups and downs during this challenging time.  Hopefully a little Wedgwood gear will give a little extra spring to our step!

Here is the  link to the ordering instructions pdf file.


Omnify Reservation Update

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we have been getting our new swim reservation system up and running! I apologize for any confusion around getting it set up. This is definitely a learning process for all of us. 

The good news is, all of the permits have been approved for the pool so we will be able to start adult lap swim on Saturday, June 20th! 

The first week of lap swim reservations will be available starting tomorrow, Friday June 19th at 10:00 AM. Remember, because of the limited pool availability at this time, you are limited to reserving one swim per week. If space is available on the day of a swim session, you will also be able to sign up for an additional lap swim starting at 12:01AM on the day of that swim. 

At this point you should have received a welcome email from Omnify-booking. If you did not receive this email, please check your junk or spam folder first, and then email me if you do not see it there. I will help you get set up!

Currently, we are only able to offer adult lap swim for individuals ages 16 & up. We hope to offer more family type swims as we move into phase 2 or 3, but it will depend on the restrictions we are given. 

If you see that a swim is full, you can put yourself on the waitlist, and if someone cancels their swim the spot will automatically go to the next person on the waitlist. 

More information about the lap swim and access to the facilities during this time is listed below:

  1. This is adult lap swim ONLY(Ages 16 & Up)

  2.  There will be 6 lap lanes, and they will be oriented east to west in the south end of the pool

  3. When you reserve a lap swim, you will also reserve a specific lap lane. You will not be able to change this lap lane when you arrive at the pool 

  4. Only 1 swimmeris allowed per lane 

  5. OUTDOORshowers will be available 

  6. Locker rooms will be CLOSEDexcept for use of the toilets & sinks

  7. You will need to exit the pool grounds promptly when your 45 minute swim reservation has endedso that the staff has time to sanitize  in between swims

  8. You are required to complete a self-check for COVID-10 symptoms prior to coming to the pool. These questions will be e-mailed to you with your reservation confirmation and 24 hours prior to your swim.  Masks are REQUIREDwhen not in the water/shower

We are aware that there will not be enough lap swim reservations for everyone to sign up during this first week and we are very sorry about that. Our pool capacity is severely limited due to the current guidelines in place, and we are doing our best to accommodate as many swimmers as possible. We know this is a challenging and stressful time for everyone, and we appreciate your understanding and support for everyone in our Wedgwood pool community.

We look forward to seeing you at the pool!

Julie Lockhart
WW Swim Reservations Coordinator
wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com
252-628-9620

 

Pool Opening Update

It’s time to start talking about swimming! 

There’s been a lot going on at the pool over the last several months with major renovations, including a completely new mechanical room. The new system is light years ahead of the original and I’m happy to report that everything is functioning very well.

This same mechanical room is the reason the pool has not opened. As part of any major renovation project of this nature, it must be properly planned and permitted. During the start of the COVID crisis, a change order adding new chemical delivery systems was made to the project. This change order was not submitted to the county, and when we had our final inspection earlier this afternoon, we did not pass. So a little drama remains and a few hoops are left to jump through before we will be “official” and able to legally open the facility. I do believe that it is extremely likely that things are going to line up between now and the weekend so… we are planning on proceeding with our opening day this coming Saturday!

The renovation project has been extremely consuming and we were originally informed by King County that we would not be permitted to open until phase 3, so I thought we had another three weeks to prepare. However, last Monday night the governor surprisingly proclaimed that pools could reopen in modified phase 1. There were many new guidelines to address and so we set to work developing new operating procedures and policies based on the new regulations. I also checked with the county for guidance, but they were also caught off guard and still do not have any written guidance. I additionally moved up the aforementioned inspection from its original date, which was set for next week. It has been a whirlwind.

While reopening without county guidance and attempting to gain approval for the new mechanical room system has been a challenge, I have a great deal of confidence in the reopening plan that our team has developed. This plan is based directly on the state regulations for modified phase 1 regarding pools but with more detail and tailoring specific to our facility. We have had to prepare for the opening in a very different way this year and we want to prepare all of you for a different experience at Wedgwood.

What will swimming at Wedgwood be like in the time of COVID19?

One of the major changes this year will be the need to schedule your swim online. Pre-planning your lap swims, or family visit will allow us to serve many members safely, a few people at a time. This will be a difficult change because part of what we love about Wedgwood is the ability to spontaneously drop-in, but it is a sacrifice that will allow us to open the pool.

Our plan focused on staff and member safety. Our desire is to provide opportunity to enjoy the pool while maintaining physical distancing and a high level of sanitation for everyone. The number one goal is to make sure the pool is a safe place to enjoy.

In order to allow members to schedule swims, we will have an online reservation system, OMNIFY. This will allow for the number of members onsite at any one time to be regulated ensuring adherence to social distancing regulations from the State of Washington. Information about the reservation system is listed in more detail below. A master list of emails will be sent to OMNIFY tonight for all full members, and in the next 24-48 hours you should receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to set up your account, username, and password as well as how to sign up family members in your household. Please note that only one email will be sent to each family, and after this initial message, you will then be able to set up other family members with their individual emails as well.

Once we know we have officially passed our inspection with the county, and that we can legally open the pool, another email will be sent and we will open the system up for reservations. Please see the OMNIFY information toward the end of this message.

In addition to social distancing regulations, the state provided guidance on several aspects of pool operations in order to ensure public safety. We want to make sure you are aware of the major changes to our operations in adherence with these regulations. A few of the changes you can expect when you schedule a visit to the pool:

  • For the safety of our staff and other pool members, wearing a mask at the pool when you are not in the water is REQUIRED.
  • Maintaining social distance at the facility at all times will be imperative.
  • To maximize opportunities for members lessons, private lessons, guests, parties and rentals have been suspended.
  • Locker rooms will only be available for restroom and handwashing use (Plan on arriving and leaving in your suit).
  • Outdoor showers will be available (we have added 2 additional).
  • Kick boards, flippers, and pull buoys will not be provided, you may bring your own.
  • The diving board, basketball hoop, pool toys, goggle box, and Ping-Pong Table will not be available
  • The water fountains will be closed, bring a full water bottle.
  • Chairs, lounges, the grills, and tables will not be accessible.
  • The upper deck will be closed.

The Wedgwood Pool Board, Management, and Staff ask for the support of the Wedgwood community. Please be patient and kind with staff and other members as we implement COVID-19 protocols to help ensure the pool stays safe and remains open for everyone. We are opening the pool in a phased-in approach where only full members have access through July 6that which point we will be adding our senior and near neighbor members. Currently we are only authorized to schedule adult lap swim, for those 16 and over, with one swimmer per lane. We will continue to monitor the effectiveness of our plan and any new guidance from officials.  We hope to be able to make adjustments as King County enters new phases of reopening.

Think good thoughts, cross your fingers we get that last thing checked off on our permit and above all, stay well.

-Raab

OMNIFY swim reservation system

You will receive an email from OMNIFY, our reservation system, with your temporary password and a link to the website. Follow that link to update your account information and add your family members. This email will be your primary email for OMNIFY, and you will receive all communication from OMNIFY to this email. We will notify you when swim reservations are available on OMNIFY.
Important Information about Reservations:

1.You need to reserve a spot for EACH family member who will be entering the pool facility, even if they are not planning to swim. We are currently limited by the total number of people allowed on the pool premises according to state and county guidelines.
2.Each family member will be able to reserve ONE swim per week. In order to maximize the use of the pool for all members we need to limit each person to one swim per week. The software we are using is in the process of creating a way to limit reservations to one per week, however this feature has not arrived yet. We will need your help to self-regulate to one swim per week so that everyone in our Wedgwood Family has the opportunity to use the pool. Thank you!
3. If space is available on the day of a swim session,you will also be able to sign up for an additional swim for the weekstarting at 12:01AM on the day of the swim.
4.Reservation swims are available ONE WEEK in advance.
5.There is a waitlist option for full swims.
4.Currently, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the only swims available are Adult Lap Swim (ages 16 & up).
5.You will need to exit the pool premises at the end of your swim reservation time (i.e., if the swim ends at 6:45am, you will need to exit the grounds by 6:45am) so that the staff has time to sanitize the grounds for the next group of swimmers.
For questions about the reservation system, email Julie Lockhart at: wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.comor call at (252) 628 – 9620
Julie will have office hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm. She will also be answering voicemail messages left at that number.
If you need help setting up your account and making a reservation, please refer to the following forms

Detailed step-by-step instructions for the WW OMNIFY account to set up your account and add family members to reserve a swim reservation:

Omnify Step by Step Instructions

A “cheat sheet” with instructions for the WW OMNIFY Site:

WW Omnify Reservation System Cheat Sheet

We look forward to seeing you at the pool!

Julie Lockhart
Swim reservation manager
Wedgwood Swim Club
wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com
(252) 628 – 9620

 

Lessons Update

Currently due to the ongoing Covid situation we have put our lesson program on an indefinite hold, and it is looking very likely that we will not be having lessons this season. Any registration status will carry forward.

This is it, the last full week of the season…

Well here we are. It’s the end of August, the kids will be starting school, as will their teachers, and what do you know, summer is back in full swing for this last full week of the swim season. Come and get it now because in less than 3 weeks you’ll wished you had!

Please note that with no lessons this week the pool will be opening at noon Monday-Friday. Also note that this Friday will be the last day that the pool will remain open until 9pm. And sad but true, next week pool hours will start to decrease even more as we make the switch to our shoulder season schedule. September 15th will be our final day of operations.

I did mention this last week and but I will say it again. As we roll into September we have a very limited number of staff available. Sometimes it can still be pretty nice weatherwise and with more limited pool hours this sometimes can create unusually high numbers of people turning out to use the pool. I am trying to avoid a situation where we come up short staffed, and one thing that we have done in the past that has seemed to help with keeping things manageable has been to not schedule parties, and/or have the pool be open for members only for parts of September. We are planning on doing some of this again for the last couple of weeks of operations, so if you were thinking about bringing guests, and/or having a party, now is the time to do it. Please don’t wait until September!  More schedule specifics can be found on the pool calendar.

Enjoy!

Raab


Early Morning Laps

The last day for early morning laps will be Friday, August 30th. Also a heads up that starting on Monday, August 26th, the Roosevelt Girls Swim Team will start practice at 7:30am. You should expect things to get a little busy toward the end of the lap swim time and the start of their practice through the end of that week. Also if you are interested the early morning crew is planning on getting together on Friday morning for breakfast at Burermaster starting at around 7am.


Labor Day

Labor day will kick off with the Biathlon again this year. The event will run 9:30-10:30am, with warm ups starting at 9am. The biathlon can be done individually or as a team. For participants 13 and up, the event consists of 1000-yard swim and 5 laps around Dahl Field. For those under 13, the event consists of a 300-yard swim and 2 laps around Dahl Field. A sign up sheet will be posted in the pool lobby.

Ping Pong Tourney starting at 11am.

Pool hours on Labor Day 12-7.

From 2:30-3:30 we will have the return of the fabulous Labor Day games. 


Monday, August 26th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 12-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Tuesday, August 27th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 12-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Wednesday, August 28th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 12-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Thursday, August 29th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 12-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Friday, August 30th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am (last day)
Hrs: 12-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm (last day)
Teen Swim 7-9pm (last day)

Saturday, August 31st
Hrs: 12-8pm

Sunday, September 1st
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-8pm

Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
No Parties
Biathlon 9:30-10:30am – warm up 9am
Hrs: 1-7pm
Labor Day Games 2:30-3:30

Tuesday, September 3rd
No Parties
Afternoon Adult Laps 2:30-3:30pm
Hrs: 3:30-7pm

Wednesday, September 4th
No Parties
Afternoon Adult Laps 2:30-3:30pm
Hrs: 3:30-7pm

Thursday, September 5th
No Parties
Afternoon Adult Laps 2:30-3:30pm
Hrs: 3:30-7pm

Friday, September 6th
No Parties
Afternoon Adult Laps 2:30-3:30pm
Hrs: 3:30-7pm

Saturday, September 7th
No Parties
Hrs: 12-7pm 

Sunday, September 8th
No Parties
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-6pm