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

What’s Happening: Aug 19th – Sept 2nd

Remember last year at this time?

As this much improved August rolls on… The next couple of weeks will be the last of our full time pool schedule this summer, and starting Labor Day weekend, pool hours will start to decrease and then we’ll make the switch to our shoulder season schedule shortly thereafter.  

September 15th will be our final day of operations, so with less than a month to go it’s time to get your pool time in now, especially if you enjoy aerobics and/or early morning laps.  Aerobics will end this coming Friday the 23rd, and early morning laps will wrap up on Friday the 30th.

Now, staffing that last couple of weeks that the pool is open can sometimes be a challenge, and this year will be no exception. Add on a recent jury summons that one of the guards received doesn’t really help much either. That being said, we are going to try our best to keep doing our afternoon adult laps along with the general swim hours as well. Depending on the staffing situation and the weather though, we may have to make some adjustments, but that may come down to a day of sort of thing.

With a limited number of staff, 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. 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 these last few weeks.

Raab
 


Aerobics

The last day for aerobics this season will be Friday, August 23rd. The annual end of the season pot-luck lunch will be on Wednesday, August 21st at 1pm.
 


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.


Lost and Found

Once again the lost and found is on display in the pool lobby. These items will be donated next week on Friday, so please take a look prior to then. Also note that any items lost and then found after today will be placed in the bins on the west side of the building.
 


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.

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

Pool hours on Labor Day 12-7.
 


Outdoor Swimming Sept-May @ View Ridge

Dear Wedgwood Members,

Many of you participated in our inaugural year of adult lap swim at the View Ridge Pool. We are excited to be able to offer adult lap swim again in the 2019 – 2020 off season. We want to make sure if you are interested, you have an opportunity to swim. Those who have already contacted me and made payment, there is no need to reply again.

Lap Swim Hours
* Season Dates:  September 9th, 2019 to May 8th, 2020
* Hours: Monday – Friday 6-7:30am; Noon – 1:30pm; 6 – 7:30 pm (2 lanes), and Saturday 8:30-11:30am.
* Special holiday hours will be determined.
* Swimmers must be 16 or older.

Fees:
* Individual For Season:  $625
* Family For Season: $1,050 (4 family members per household)

Please email manager@vrstc.org with subject title Off Season Lap Swim, your full name, what program you’re interested in, that you are members of Wedgwood and your email address.  Space is limited, you will be confirmed once we receive your payment.

Please send your payment into:

  • Attn:  Off Season Lab Swim

View Ridge Swim and Tennis Club
PO Box 51079, Seattle, WA 98115

It’s so great to have the opportunity to use our pool year-round to support our members and our friends.

If you have any questions about lap swim, please let me know.

Thank you,
Bruce Gillespie – View Ridge Club Manager

 


Monday, August 19th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Tuesday, August 20th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Wednesday, August 21st
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Aerobics Pot Luck Lunch 1pm
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Thursday, August 22nd
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Friday, August 23rd
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am (last day)

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, August 24th
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, August 25th
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, August 26th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Tuesday, August 27th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Wednesday, August 28th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Thursday, August 29th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Friday, August 30th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am (last day)
Hrs: 1-9pm
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
Biathlon 9:30-10:30am – warm up 9am
Hrs: 1-7pm
Labor Day Games 2:30-3:30

Here’s what’s happening…

From the Manager

We have gone green at the pool, quite literally, and because of that we will be closing early on Saturday the 10th at 7pm, and then opening late on Sunday the 11th, when we hope to open back up at 2pm. So what’s going on? When I say green, I mean algae. We have been battling it for the past few weeks and this morning when we rolled the pool covers off of the pool it was evident that things are exponentially getting worse.

Now it’s been a several years since algae has been an issue for us, but every now and then it does come back. It usually will start along the south wall next to the diving board and then spreads fairly rapidly along the west wall in the deep end. While we have been actively brushing the algae it has continued to spread.

This sort of bloom does not happen every year, in fact it’s been more than a decade now since the last time. It’s also not just a thing here at our pool either. In fact, the manager at View Ridge just told me today he has been fighting it all season as well. 

My best guess is that this is weather related, so the same thing that is keeping our lawns and gardens greener this summer is doing the same for the pool.

The good news is that the algae is not harmful itself, but overnight tonight we will be super-chlorinating, which involves bringing the chlorine level way up, way too high to safely swim in. The chlorine will then need time to dissipate and return to safe levels. 

I am hopeful that this first salvo will be successful. We’ll definitely be monitoring the situation and are already planning for round two.

Other than algae, it’s Watershow week! The pool will be closing early both Friday and Saturday this coming week. More details on the Watershow below.

See you at the pool.

Raab


Watershow

The big show is on Saturday, August 17th starting around 8:30pm. This year’s theme: Divas

Also on the evening of the show, we’ll have Tacos El Guero Food truck on site from 6 – 8:30pm.  Check out their menu.


Aerobics

The last day for aerobics this season will be Friday, August 23rd.


Saturday, August 10th
Hrs: 12-7pm (note the early closure)

Sunday, August 11th
Hrs: 2-9pm (note the late opening)
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, August 12th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Tuesday, August 13th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Wednesday, August 14th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Thursday, August 15th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Friday, August 16th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-7pm (note the early closure)
Watershow Rehearsal 7:30pm

Saturday, August 17th
Hrs: 12-7pm (note the early closure)
Taco Truck 6 – 8:30pm
Watershow 8:30pm

Sunday, August 18th
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

July 29th – August 4th

The Pool will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 30th as we are hosting the Boys Prelims meet. There will be no aerobics, lessons, or open swim time.  Early morning lap swim will be happening at the usual time, but please note that the pool will be on the chilly side. Also, there are still a few critical volunteer spots yet to be filled for the meet, so if you happen to be available tomorrow, mid afternoon – evening, please come down to the pool and sign up today. It would be much appreciated! 

The remainder of this week is looking just dandy. We’ll be open regular hours for the rest of this week with the only exception being Saturday when the pool will be open a little later in the evening for another Adult Party and Kid fun float. More details on that below.

With the start of August also comes the sign ups for both Water Polo and the Watershow. If you’re going to be around during the next few weeks and you’d like to keep the kids a little busy, but not swim team kind of busy, then they might be something to consider.

It’s going to be a fantastic week ahead, enjoy this week to the fullest! If your plans involve coming to the pool, which they probably should, please remember to double diaper, not bring glass containers, leave the alcohol at home, and always shower before getting in.

See you at the pool.

Raab


Adult Team

Congratulations to our Adult Team, we fought our way to a well earned 2nd place this year. Coach Annie and Kai did a fantastic job and they are already looking forward to leading the team again in 2020! I’ve also heard some rumors that WW may be hosting this event next year as well as rolling it back to the first Saturday in August.


Adult Party and Fun Float

Saturday, August 3rd 7:00-10:00pm  “Ice Cream Social”

Sweet: A wide variety of Ice cream and toppings
Savory: Snacks and appetizers
Beverage: Daiquiri and Margaritas with an assortment of beers

As usual, snacks and ice cream will be available for your kids. The pool will be open for “Anything Goes” including floaties from 7:30-9:30pm, and please note that there will not be any lap lanes during this swim.

Of course, first come first served so get here early and enjoy the company of your Wedgwood pool community.


Lost and Found

The lost and found is out in the lobby and has been on display now since late last week. Please take a look at it on your next visit to the pool. It will be donated when we roll into August on Thursday.


Water Polo

We have one last pre-season water polo clinic this Friday, August 2nd, from 12:00-12:45. The clinic is just $5 each for both members and non-members. Participants must be at least 7 years old and be able to strongly pass the swim test. Information about the regular season should be available by the end of this week. Please note that our August polo program will only be for kids 12 and under. Sand Point will be taking our 13 and ups. Please contact them directly for information.


Watershow

For those of you that don’t know, the Watershow is a fun filled hour of almost synchronized swimming to music. Groups of kids, and sometimes even adults, perform a variety of entertaining and occasionally off-the-wall routines at this annual rite of summer. So, are you looking for something to help keep the kids busy after swim team? The Watershow is a low key way for them to practice all of those other strokes that they didn’t work on while at workout, like the side stroke, the leg in the air underwater somersault and the flying out of the water flipperoo. Being a swim team member is not a requirement for participation, nor is super strong swimming skills. This event is open to EVERYONE willing to endure the fun and camaraderie of preparation for the big show.Practices will start the week of August 6th, but each group will have certain days/times that will be sent out in an email after you sign up. We will have a rehearsal the night of Friday, August 16th and the show will be Saturday, August 17th! Usually we start once it gets dark, but group leaders will give you more info about what time kids need to be there on both the 16th and 17th. You don’t want to miss this experience! Sign up on the sheet labeled “Watershow” on the window across from the office in the lobby.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Watershow Coordinator,Ms. Kayla Crow.


Monday, July 29th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Tuesday, July 30th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
POOL CLOSED

Wednesday, July 31st
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Thursday, August 1st
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Friday, August 2nd
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Water Polo Drop In Clinic 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, August 3rd
Hrs: 12-9:30pm
Teen Swim 7-9:30pm
Adult Party 7-10pm
Kids Fun Float 7:30-9:30

Sunday, August 4th
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

It’s already mid-season…

Last week was pretty darn crazy and I’m running a little behind in getting this out. Better late than never. In retrospect, my ramblings last week sadly turned out to be pretty prophetic. I don’t want to jinx myself again so I’m going to stay away from talking about anything that can potentially close the pool down.

With the exception of our last dual home meet tomorrow, we have nothing extraordinary going on until July 30th, when we will host Boys Prelims. So enjoy this long stretch of unadulterated pool time and let’s hope we get some fantastic weather to go along with it.

Speaking of Boys Prelims, we’re going to need a lot of extra help in pulling this meet off. Look for volunteer sign ups soon in the pool lobby, and more information in my next email as well.

See you at the pool.

Raab


Lost and Found

The lost and found is already starting to grow again. At this point we plan on purging before Boys Prelims. Please check it before then, and we’ll put it out in the pool lobby a few days just prior so we can then start this process all over again.


Driving and Parking

During the meet last week on Tuesday one of our neighbors up the hill on 28th had their car, which was parked on the street, hit, not once, but twice. No note, no nothing.

As you are all well aware, traffic can get pretty crazy coming to and from the pool, especially at swim meets, but also during the morning as well. Our club is located in the heart of a residential neighborhood where many kids are living, playing, out and about. Let’s help keep them safe and please drive slowly!

Also remember to park only where it’s legal to do so. Don’t block driveways and pay attention to parking signs. If you don’t, you run the risk of being ticketed or towed.

Thank you for being neighborly!


Water Polo

Pre-season water polo clinics will continue on Fridays through August 2nd, 12:00-12:45 after lessons. Clinics are just $5 each for both members and non-members. Our regular season begins in August, but feel free to try out the sport without committing to the regular season. Participants must be at least 7 years old and be able to strongly pass the swim test.


Monday, July 15th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm
Adult Team 8-9pm

Tuesday, July 16th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-4pm
Home Meet vs Blue Ridge

Wednesday, July 17th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm
Adult Team 8-9pm

Thursday, July 18th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Away Meet at Aqua Club

Friday, July 19th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Water Polo Drop In Clinic 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, July 20th
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, July 21st
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, July 22nd
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm
Adult Team 8-9pm

Tuesday, July 23rd
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm
Away Meet at View Ridge

Wednesday, July 24th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Member Registration for Lesson Session 3, 8:30am-Noon
Aerobics 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm
Adult Team 8-9pm

Thursday, July 25th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Hrs: 1-9pm

Friday, July 26th
B Champs at Sand Point
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Aerobics 8-8:45am

Water Polo Drop In Clinic 12-12:45
Hrs: 1-9pm
Family Swim 5:30-7pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, July 27th
Adult Meet @ Innis Arden
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, July 28th
Adult Laps 11am-Noon
Hrs: 12-9pm
Teen Swim 7-9pm