Hip Hip Hooray it’s Opening Day – Saturday, May 20th!

From the Manager

What do you know?

The pool opens and on cue, we have spring if not summer like weather on the way!  I’ll take it as a good omen.  We’ve endured such a long wet winter… I know I’ve never been more ready for the pool to open.  Now let’s keep it open…

As many of you remember last year we had a not so little issue with pool contamination. This season we are implementing a plan which won’t likely stop all closing related incidents but should help curb their numbers considerably.  Essentially we will be doubling down on diapers.  The policy can be found outlined below.  If you have a child, grandchild or a guest who is under 3 years of age and not completely potty trained please become familiar with it.  Also note that there will be a limited number of both disposable and non-disposable swim diapers available for purchase in the office but we may not have appropriate sizes available at all times so please plan ahead.  Amazon has plenty of options, and if you order now you’ll be set the first time you come to swim. Thank you!

And it should go without saying…

The sign in system has been updated and should have carried over any changes that were made last season.  Every year though we do have a Robert that becomes a Bob or Jennifer that becomes a Jenny sort of thing.  Those are easy to change just leave me a message in the office with the details. Guests are not in the sign in system but do need to be checked in when you arrive.

Speaking of guests, please note that the first weekend the pool is open will be for members only and that we will not be scheduling any parties to occur during the first full week either. Thanks for understanding.

Other significant schedule related things this month relate to lap swims, as in plural. Early Morning Lap Swim will start on Tuesday, May 30th and run weekdays from 6-7am. Additionally I am trying to figure out how to best work with both the current, and probable future Seattle Public School end times. Fortunately staffing this year is such that we have a solid bunch of early returning college staff and are able to offer an Adult Lap Swim from 2:30-3:30pm weekdays right before the pool opens for general open swim time. This will also start on Tuesday, May 30th and run until June 26th. In the near future I’ll revisit lap lane etiquette as by then I’m sure there will have already been issues, in the meantime, circle swim and share those lanes!

Some scheduled maintenance over this off-season ended up being impacted by the wet and cold weather. We actually had a couple of significant repairs to the pool slated in April but they have had to be pushed into September as they require both dry and relatively warmer conditions to effectively be completed.  Temporary repairs have been made that will get us through but the punch list is already growing for the next off-season.  

One thing you will likely notice is that the pop machine is no longer with us. The constant battle with it becoming jammed and not working along with proposed price increases just didn’t make sense to keep it any more. Interestingly when it was actually taken away we found it had been hiding some rot damage to the pool building as well. With the pop machine removal we did upgrade our drinking fountain and members at the work party earlier this month found it to be a nice trade off.

I know that I’m probably forgetting something but since I have the rest of the season to figure that out I’d better just get back to work getting the place ready to go. Welcome back!  Get ready! And don’t forget that sunscreen. Oh, and there will be hot dogs at noon on Saturday too.

See you at the pool!

Raab
manager@wwpool.org


Double Down Diaper Policy
Last summer we had an unusually high number of “incidents” resulting in closure of the facility. Poop happens though and unfortunately sometimes is does happen in swimming pools. This season in an effort to prevent or at least minimize these sorts of incidents we are implementing a double swim diaper policy. Prevention is better for all of us.

  • Every child NOT COMPLETELY POTTY TRAINED must wear a SNUG FITTING NON-DISPOSABLE swim diaper and or rubber pants over their disposable swim diapers.
  • According to the CDC no swim diaper hold fecal material beyond 3-5 minutes.  By double diapering we hope to get the full 5 minutes.
  • Make it a habit to have your child visit the bathroom before they get into the pool, even if they went at home.
  • If you observe your child doing their “potty dance”, please take you child out of the pool/deck area and head to the bathroom.
  • Take frequent bathroom breaks – we suggest every 30 minutes.
  • If your child is not feeling well, has cramps, diarrhea, tummy ache, do not come to the pool.  Some of these scenarios could potentially lead to a 24-hour pool closure.

There will be a limited number of both disposable and non-disposable swim diapers available for purchase in the office but we may not have appropriate sizes available at all times so please plan on being prepared.
 


Swim Team 

Parent Meeting – Sunday May 21st 1:30pm
Suit Fitting – Tuesday, May 30th 6:30-8:30pm
Awards Dinner – back to the Wed. after All Cities, Aug 2nd

There are currently 140 swim teamers registered!  Please make sure you register by May 21st. 
 
Evening workouts start May 22nd and run Monday – Thursday.

  • 8 and under, 7-7:30
  • 9-11, 7:30 – 8
  • 12-14, 8 – 8:45
  • 15 and up, 8:45 to 9:30

Morning workouts will start Tuesday, June 27th.
 
We are so proud of our community pool, and our community is what makes it run.  Please remember to sign up online for volunteer positions and get your required hours on the books.  We are still looking for a Concessions Lead and offering a $190 rebate on your dues.
 
Looking forward to another great season!
— 
Swim Team Committee
 


Directory Cover Contest
Members between the
 ages 
5‐18 are 
encouraged 

to
 submit 
art
 to 
be 
used 
for 
the 
directory 
cover.


  Those 
artists selected
 will 
have 
their 
entries 
printed
 on 
either 
the 
front 
or 
back 
cover 
of 
the 
2017 
WW 
Pool
 Membership 
Directory.


  • Use
 an 
8
1⁄2 
x 
11” 
white 
blank 
sheet 
of 
paper 
and 
fold 
it 
in 
half 
the 
hamburger 
way
 (landscape
 format 
folded 
in 
half)
. 
  • Draw 
on 
one 
side 
of 
the 
paper.
 (The 
entry 
will 
be 
81/2 
high 
x 
5”
wide)
. 
  • Use 
black 
ink 
and
 white 
paper.
 
  • Include
 the 
words:
 “Wedgwood
 Swim
 Pool 
Directory” 
and
“2017” 
in 
your 
design.
 
  • Write
 your 
name 
and 
age 
on 
the 
back 
of 
the 
drawing.
 
  • Drop off your entry at the pool by  JUNE 3rd.
  • Questions? contact: membership@wwpool.org

 


Afternoon Adult Lap Swim
Afternoon Adult Lap Swim will start on Tuesday, May 30th and run weekdays from 2:30-3:30pm through June 26th.

Early Morning Lap Swim
EMLS will start on Tuesday, May 30th and run weekdays 6-7am.

Water Aerobics 
Aerobics will be back after Seattle Public Schools are out for the summer.  Likely start date: June 27th.

Adult Swim Team
Details coming.  Likely start date: June 28th.

Swim Lessons
Member Registration for Session 1, Wednesday, May 31st 6:30-7:30pm

WW Internship Program
We will be offering the internship program again this summer.  Details will be coming next month.

 


Saturday, May 20th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm (No Guests/Parties)
  •   Hot Dogs 12- 2pm or until they are gone
  •   New Member Meeting 1:30pm

Sunday, May 21st

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm (No Guests/Parties)
  •   Swim Team Parent Meeting 1:30pm

Monday, May 22nd

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (No Parties)
  •   First Evening Team Practice

Tuesday, May 23rd

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (No Parties)
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Wednesday, May 24th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (No Parties)
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Thursday, May 25th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (No Parties)
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Friday, May 26th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (No Parties)

Saturday, May 27th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm

Sunday, May 28th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm

Monday, May 29th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   No Evening Swim Team Practice

Tuesday, May 30th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Swim Team Suit Fitting/Gear Night 6:30-8:30pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Wednesday, May 31st

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Member Lesson Registration – Session 1 – 6:30-7:30pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

 

Work Parties

We have been getting questions about work parties.  Currently there is a work party scheduled on Saturday May 6th.

Additional Wednesdays in April may also be scheduled but will be determined by the number of people willing to commit.  If you are available and would like to work a Wednesday in April please send an email with family name and phone number.

How many or which Wednesdays, more info coming, right now trying to compile an “available” list.

Stephen Ramaley SJramaley@gmail.com

2017 Swim Meet Schedule

2017 Dual Meet Schedule

June 15th Wedg vs Wood
June 22nd at Aqua Club
June 27th at Klahaya
June 29th home vs Blue Ridge
July 6th at Innis Arden
July 11th home vs Sheridan Beach
July 13th home vs Sand Point
July 18th at View Ridge

Post Season Meets

July 21st B-Champs at Klahaya
July 24th Girls’ Prelims at WW
July 25th Boys’ Prelims at Aqua Club
July 27th Norhtherns at View Ridge
August 1st All Cities at Innis Arden

2017 Full Member Dues Statements & Senior Swimmer Fee Statements are in the Mail!

Your statements have been mailed and should arrive in your postal boxes, soon.

Reminder: the Due Date for Payment is March 1, 2017. Any payments or status change requests made after March 1, 2017, will be subject to a $100 late fee. Please return your dues/fee statement or status change request form with your payment. This ensures correct correlation of payment with household.

2017 Full Member annual dues are $950. Fees for senior swimmers are $285 and “grandfathered (converted 2012 or prior)” senior swimmers are $237.50. Senior swimmer fees are subject to WSST of 9.6%.

*Annual dues have been increased by $50 to cover the increase in operating costs, (due to increased property taxes) and increased wage expenses, (due to an increase of minimum wage by the City of Seattle).

Note about Household Members (full members) and Eligible Designees (Senior Swimmers): All listed under these groups must adhere to the by-laws definition of:

  1. Resides as a full time household member in the home of owner member; or
  2. Is a child of the owner member and is 26 years of age or younger, regardless of residence.

Please ensure all information is correct and update as needed.


Caryn Hopkins
Wedgwood Pool Membership Coordinator

Coming to a close…

Just like that we’ve come to the end of the season.  

From here on out, as the pool staff starts back up at school we will be working with a skeleton staff pieced together to cover the pool hours that we have scheduled. The good news is we have more college kids still around this season than we’ve had in a very long time so we’re able to schedule out pool hours that in the past we’ve had problems covering. The bad news is that despite this it’s still going to be a stretch. So what this means is that from here on out we will not be scheduling any parties. Then starting Monday, September 12th, we are also asking that the last week of operations be members only, meaning no guests. 

Now the pool will remain open, albeit on reduced hours, until and including closing day, which by the way is Sunday, September 18th. So while there is a bit more time to get a in a little more swimming, you better get in soon!

Still hoping for a little more fun in the sun…

Raab

Monday, Sept 5th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   Games start at 2pm

Tuesday, Sept 6th

  •   Hrs: 1-7pm
  •   No Parties

Wednesday, Sept 7th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties

Thursday, Sept 8th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties

Friday, Sept 9th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties

Saturday, Sept 10th

  •  Hrs: 12-7pm
  •  No Parties

Sunday, Sept 11th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   No Parties

Monday, Sept 12th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

Tuesday, Sept 13th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

Wednesday, Sept 14th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

Thursday, Sept 15th

  •   Hrs: 3:30pm-7pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

Friday, Sept 16th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

Saturday, Sept 17th

  •  Hrs: 12-6pm
  •  No Parties or Guests

Sunday, Sept 18th

  •   Hrs: 12-5pm
  •   No Parties or Guests

That’s a wrap, see you next summer!

Poop Policy Update

Sadly I have to share the news that we had another incident of poop in the pool at closing last night. During the past month now we have not gone more than five days without a reoccurrence. The shear number of instances of this happening has become way too common.

Prevention is better for all of us and as such we are implementing new strategies in an effort to quickly reduce this situation both for general operations and for health reasons.  

You will immediately notice some new signage at the pool and if you have a little ones you will also notice our staff being more proactive with reminders about proper pool diapering as well as taking bathroom breaks, diaper checks. Additionally we are implementing a double swim diaper policy.

Double Swim Diaper Policy

  • Every child who is not completely potty trained must wear a snug fitting non-disposable swim diaper or rubber pants over their disposable swim diapers.

  • Make sure the your child visits the bathroom before getting into the pool, even if they just went at home.  

  • Take your child to the bathroom after being in or around the pool for 30 minutes.

  • If you observe your child exhibiting their “I’ve got to go potty behaviors” please take them out of the pool and to the bathroom. 

  • If your child has not been feeling well, has a tummy ache or not been regular please do not use the pool. 

As both a pool manger and a parent, I do know from personal experience that despite one’s best efforts, there unfortunately will still be times when this will happen in a swimming pool.  I am hoping that with the added awareness and emphasis, along with your help, we can at least reduce or eliminate this issue moving forward.


Raab

Goodbye Summer?

Well that was certainly abrupt!  Down but not out? Hopefully there’s a little summer left this summer.  

This Thursday Wedgwood will be hosting the SSSL Water Polo Championships. Please note that the pool will indeed be closing at 3:30pm and the north end of the pool will also not be open after 3:30pm.

Labor Day is right around the corner and with Labor Day comes the annual biathlon as well as the beloved Labor Day Games! The biathlon will start at 9:30am with a warm-up starting at 9:15.  Please sign yourself up prior to showing up so we have an idea if anyone is actually planning on coming.  There is a sign up sheet posted in the pool lobby.

The games on Labor Day will commence at 2pm and should run for about an hour after which we may run more games as well. Please note the lap lanes will most likely be open during the games.

The last day for morning lap swim this season will be this Friday, Sept 2nd.

The lost and found that has been found since the middle of July is in the lobby and ready to be claimed.  Please check for lost items prior to Sunday as after that what’s left will be donated to the Goodwill.

Hoping for a little more fun in the sun…

Raab

Monday, August 29th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, August 30th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Wednesday, August 31st

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Thursday, Sept 1st

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-3:30pm
  •   Water Polo Championships 4-10pm

Friday, Sept 2nd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Saturday, Sept 3rd

  •  Hrs: 12-9pm

Sunday, Sept 4th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Monday, Sept 5th

  •   Hrs: 1-7pm
  •   Biathlon 9:30 (Warm-up 9:15)
  •   Labor Day Games 2-3pm

Family Swim 
Family Swim runs weekdays from 5:30-7:00pm.  This is a quieter time at the club, perfect for families with small children.  Keep in mind that those swimmers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult family member during the family swim time.

Teen Swim
Teen Swim is daily after 7pm. Teen members can bring in two guests for only $2.50 per guest.  These do not count against the guest allotment.

August
The forecast ahead looks like it’s going to be down right hot by the end of this week. Good news, and there aren’t any early pool closures on the calendar, in fact, the pool is scheduled to stay open until 10pm on Saturday night!  We’ll also likely be open a bit later on Friday too but we’ll make that call later this week and will post updates on Facebook and at the pool.

There’s an upper deck adult party on Saturday which starts at 7pm.  Rumor has it there will be live jazz as well.  Come check it out and the kids can enjoy fun floating in the pool also starting at 7pm.  Please note there will not be lap lanes open during this time.

The following week on Tuesday, August 23rd, our senior members will be having a dessert potluck starting at 7pm. Seniors, more information will be coming in a separate email.

Watershow – Saturday, August 27th starting around 8:30pm.  Put it down on your calendar now as it’s something you don’t want to miss.

wedgewood swim poo
No that’s not a typo…  I was reconciling my credit card statement this weekend and noticed a couple of charges to the aforementioned Wedgewood Swim Poo.  Yes, POO.

Now it seems like we’ve had an unusually number of these incidents this summer and one could reason that any number other than zero is too high.  Currently we are at 4 for this season.  Compare that to last summer with one, 4 does seem excessive, but when compared to they typical amount which is 5, sadly we are right on track.

The use of snug fitting swim diapers for all children who are not potty trained or who have just newly achieved potty training is not an option.  Keep in mind while we do keep a few swim diapers in various sizes in the pool office, we recommend though that you plan in advance as we may not have the appropriate size on hand.

The CDC also recommends bathroom breaks and checking or changing the diaper, out of the water, not in the pool or next to the pool, every 30 minutes. Also, individuals that have or recently had diarrhea should not use the pool whatsoever!  Your compliance with this is necessary and important for the enjoyment of all others using this facility.

Even despite the best intentions, intervention, and efforts, it’s still going to happen.  Keep in mind that the health department guidelines for facility closure after contamination vary depending on the type of contamination and the chlorine levels when it does.  It could be anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours.  So please, please, please, diaper up, check often and take bathroom breaks!

On a related note, please don’t pee in the outdoor shower.

a note about pool temp
It’s a bit of a balancing act to get 200,000 gallons of water where it feels good.  84 degrees is the normal operating temp of the pool.  It’s that happy medium where most activities can take place without being too cold nor too warm.  When the weather gets hot though it’s much more difficult to keep the water comfortable.  On hot days where the air temp will be in the mid 80+ range we a shoot for somewhere right around 80 to 81 degrees as the starting pool temp for the day.  So for the early morning lap swimmer not moving too fast they may indeed feel a little bit of a chill but by the mid to late afternoon the pool temp will actually come up and be somewhere between 84-86.  Again, that ideal is 84, and if we were to start the day at 84 the temp later in the day can push into the upper 80’s which is not really that pleasant nor refreshing for anyone.  

early morning lap swim 
Sleep in a little longer, morning lap swim now runs until 7:30am on weekday mornings. Please note, the last day for morning lap swim will be Friday, Sept 2nd.

water polo
Planning ahead, Wedgwood will host the SSSL Water Polo Championship on Thursday, September 1st. The pool will be closing at 3:30pm that day as the matches will get underway at 4pm. The north end of the pool will not be open for any swimming during this time. For more information about the entire water polo schedule and to see the league calendar click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.   

watershow
The Watershow will be on Saturday, August 27th.  Groups have been formed and instructors will be getting in touch with participants soon.  Look for practices to start sometime this week!

aerobics 
Aerobics continues for a couple more weeks on Mon, Wed, Fri from 12-12:45, through August 26th.

See you at the pool!

Raab

Monday, August 15th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, August 16th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Wednesday, August 17th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Member Lesson Registration for Session 5 – 8:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Thursday, August 18th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Friday, August 19th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Saturday, August 20th

  •  Hrs: 12-10pm
  •  Upper Deck Adult Party 7pm
  •  Fun Float for the kids 7pm (no lap lanes during this time)

Sunday, August 21st

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Monday, August 22nd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Tuesday, August 23rd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  •   Senior Member Dessert Potluck 7pm

Wednesday, August 24th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Thursday, August 25th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Friday, August 26th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm (last day)
  •   Hrs: 1-7pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  •   Watershow Rehearsal 7pm

Saturday, August 27th

  •  Hrs: 12-7pm
  •  Watershow at dusk (approx 8:30pm)

Sunday, August 28th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

 


Family Swim 
Family Swim runs weekdays from 5:30-7:00pm.  This is a quieter time at the club, perfect for families with small children.  Keep in mind that those swimmers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult family member during the family swim time.

Teen Swim
Teen Swim is daily after 7pm. Teen members can bring in two guests for only $2.50 per guest.  These do not count against the guest allotment.