Summer Calendar & Schedule?

What will summer be like? As we wait for future phase guidelines to be released there are many questions regarding what this coming season will look like. At this time without getting into the details, things will likely again be different, landing somewhere between what a “normal” summer is like, and the one that we experienced last year.

Based on current guidelines, it is very probable that we will again be utilizing a reservation system, limiting the number of people in the facility at any one time. What that number will be we don’t yet know. Currently we are exploring other options to replace the Omnify system we used for reservations last season. 

It’s very likely that we will see more than one person per lap lane, current guidelines allow for two people per lane. I also fully expect more opportunities for general open swimming for families as well. Swim team will very likely again be modified, but it will be different than last year. We also intend to provide some sort of limited swimming lessons, but we are waiting to see how that will fit in with everything else. Finally, as of yet I don’t have any word on water aerobics.

I want to thank you now for your understanding and patience as we navigate our way toward opening day. It’s shaping up to be another very interesting season!

Stay well,

–Raab

Schedule Changes and Swim Team Wrap

Hello there!

I hope this finds you healthy and doing as well as possible.

The most asked question of late at the pool has been, when will the pool be closing for the season? Initially we thought that we would likely be closing on Labor Day, however, we have been able to push our closing out a bit further until Saturday, September 12th.

Between now and then there will be some necessary modifications to the schedule as many of our staff will have, or will be starting school. Some of these changes will start the week of Monday, August 30th. More schedule changes will also occur after Labor Day.

As part of these schedule changes, starting August 22nd you will only be able to book through the 29th. Swims August 30th and beyond will be on hold until the evening of August 29th. 

Please note that while the system is on hold you will not see any reservable swims beyond the 29th.

When the Omnify system does come back up we will also be reducing the number of reservable swims from 2, to 1 per week. This will be for both lap and family swims. Day of swims will still be available, we only ask that you limit yourselves to 1 swim per day.

The various schedules can be found below.

Stay well,

Raab


 


Swim Team – Until next year…

An amazing 177 swimmers registered for swim team this summer, including 6 new member families.  The super-hero coaches Matt, Kai and Hanna juggled schedules every week to make sure everyone could swim. 

While it didn’t feel like a normal season, swim team was our athletic, social and community anchor for the summer. We submitted times for prelims and city with some impressive improvements and results.

In the traditional Wedgwood way, it wasn’t just about swimming.  We had Zoom dry land workouts, Wedgwood gear store, Flipgrid videos, Trivia Nights, Virtual Overnight, Movie Trivia Practice, Online Group Games, Girls Night. The team decorated the ‘Matt-rimony’ truck celebrating Coach Matt getting hitched and welcomed our youngest swim team member – Hudson, Coach Pete’s newborn.  

We ended the year with a one-of-a-kind celebration for the high school seniors complete with Wedgwood
blankets, flowers, balloons and the obligatory tears from parents and friends. Special thanks to Dave Crowther for the thoroughly professional filming/video streaming so all could enjoy.  

Upon reflection, a pretty good season.

Pool Closure Update 9/12

Good Morning,
Current air quality levels are such that we have cancelled our 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm swims today, Saturday, September 12th.
The air quality forecasts for today are not showing a lot of improvement but I am still hoping that we will be able to open at some point.
Look for another update around 1pm about the second half of the day today.
-Raab

Pool CLOSED today Sept 11th

Wedgwood Families,
Current air quality levels are such that we will be cancelling all swims today, Friday, September 11th.
At this point the forecast is not looking promising for Saturday either. We will be making a decision about tomorrow at 8am for at least the first part of the day, and then monitor and update as the day progresses.
This certainly has been an interesting season, and we appreciate all of the grace and patience our members have shown throughout the season.
Stay safe and well,
Raab

Omnify Reservation Update

Just a friendly reminder that Omnify reservations should be back up at 6pm tonight.

Also, for the remainder of the season there will be a limit of 1 swim reservation per week instead of 2.  Day of swims will continue to be available as well. Please also limit yourself to one swim per day.

Stay well and enjoy your swimming!

-Raab
 

Family Swim Reservation Update

Hello, I hope this finds you in good health.

I have some information to share regarding Family Swim reservations.

With almost two weeks of Family Swim under our belt we have been monitoring the sign-up and usage and we feel that we are ready to implement some changes with regard to reservations for Family Swim.

Starting immediately we are increasing the number of Family Swim reservations from 1 to 2, per week, per family. Our hope is this will make it both easier for families to get more use out of the pool as well as fill up more of these swim slots.

Additionally, families will also be able to register for available Family Swims on a day of basis as well.

Please note that there is a limit of one Family Swim per day.

This change brings our Family Swim reservation policy into alignment with our Lap Swim reservation policy, which on our end with Omnify will simplify things, and keeping things simple in this regard is a good thing.

We will monitor this change and adjust again if necessary.

Best,

Raab

This Week at WW – August 2nd

Families are back swimming in the pool and while it’s anything but normal, it does finally sound a bit more like summer again.
 
We want to again acknowledge everyone that’s been coming and following all of these policies and procedures. This entire thing has been challenging in so many different ways, but our members coming in and adhering to what we’ve put into place have really helped things run very smoothly, and is so appreciated. Thank you!
 
Something we wanted to let you all know about is that Julie Lockhart, who has been handling our Ominfy reservations this season, is dealing with a family emergency. Julie’s brother, Stevie Cairns (who has been a member of Wedgwood since he was little and worked as a lifeguard at WW) was hit by a car while riding his bicycle earlier this week. He sustained serious injuries and is currently in the ICU in critical condition. Julie is taking time to be with her family during this difficult time. 
 
So we have been in a bit of a transition this past week and we have tried our best to keep things up and running behind the scenes as best as we’ve been able. Our response time may not quite have been as quick as what you may have been used to, but luckily we are at the point this season where we know so much more about how this Omnify beast works. We are also very fortunate that Allison Crossland is stepping into the roll of reservation coordinator for the remainder of the summer. You may continue to use the email address wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com and previously published phone number, 252-628-9620, to reach out with questions or assistance.
 
We are keeping the entire Cairns family in our thoughts and prayers. Follow these links for more information and how you can help support Stevie and his family.
 

https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/bicyclist-hit-by-car-airlifted-to-everett/

https://mealtrain.com/nnw41q

https://gf.me/u/yjumvf?fbclid=IwAR3kzYKPcwcoXVMae4oGmBWvgimdUwf2BgP3_8wCSRJnMFPgK3koKhLXG78

Stay well all, and Godspeed on your recovery Stevie,


Raab