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Updated Guest Policy

WEDGWOOD POOL GUEST POLICY

  1. Each family will be allowed 20 guest visits over the summer at $5 per guest. A member must be with the guest at all times.
  2. Guest fees prepaid and not used will carry over the following season. They will however count toward the current season’s 20 swims.
  3. Member families past the 20 visit limit will pay $7 a visit per guest.
  4. House guests and boarders count once against the guest limit and are able to use the pool after that without charge. They need not be accompanied by a member. These cases must be registered in the office. House guests with a local regular residence must be cleared by the board.
  5. Birthday parties/group gatherings should be arranged through the manager/assistant manager. These larger groups are discouraged during the weekends. The charge is $6 per swimmer. These swimmers do not count against the limit. Party limit is 12 swimmers.
  6. Non members “sneaking in” will not be allowed to enter for the remainder of the summer. Any member judged to be an accomplice in such a situation will be suspended for a period of time determined by the manager.
  7. Baby-sitters can register in the office. They will be allowed in without fee while accompanying the member children.
  8. Non members baby-sat by a member are treated as any other guest.
  9. Members are responsible to help their guests learn and follow all the club and pool rules.

PARTIES AND RENTALS

Parties for groups of up to twelve people can usually be held during regular pool hours. Parties must be pre-arranged with the office. We schedule only one party at a time and for a two hour block of time. Parties are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. The cost is $6 per person, and these do not count against the 20 guest count. If prior arrangements are not made, or the party runs longer than the two hour block, partygoers may be counted as regular pool guests.

The pool is also available for rent when not regularly open. We can accommodate groups up to 75 people. Rates, times and availability vary. Contact the office if you are interested in finding out more.

BARBECUES, TABLES AND CHAIRS

The barbecues, tables and chairs are available for ALL to use on a first come, first serve basis.

The last hurrah!

Here are the pool hours for the remainder of the season.

It’s been a fun one!

Raab

 


Saturday, Sept 12th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Sunday, Sept 13th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm (members only, no parties/guests)

Monday, Sept 14th

  •   Hrs:  4-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Tuesday, Sept 15th

  •   Hrs:  4-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Wednesday, Sept 16th

  •   Hrs:  4-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Thursday, Sept 17th

  •   Hrs:  4-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Friday, Sept 18th

  •   Hrs:  4-7pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

Saturday, Sept 19th – the last day of the season

  •   Hrs:  12-6pm  (members only, no parties/guests)

 

teacher strike and pool hours this week…

As most of you are aware there is high chance of a strike by teachers in Seattle Public Schools.  I wanted to let you know that if indeed there is a strike, I will have a few more staff available than previously anticipated and as such I will be modifying the pool hours a bit.

Previously published pool hours will remain unchanged for tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 8th.  The remaining weekday pool hours from Wed – Fri will roll back to opening at 1pm instead of 3:30 each day of the strike.  

If there is no settlement into and over the weekend, the pool hours will also change a tad as well.  Hours would extend to 12-7pm on both of those days. However if school were set to start on Monday the 14th, then Sunday the 13th would be the last day of the season and the hours would revert back to the originally scheduled, 12-5pm.

Looking into next week things start to get a little bit more complicated but I’m working on adding some hours then as well.  I will be posting an update regarding this most likely on Sunday but I know we’re all hopeful a settlement can be reached prior to that.

One thing that will not be changing is that we’re still going to go with the no party thing for the remainder of this season and this coming weekend will still be members only weekend as well.

Check your email or the club Facebook Page for updates.

Enjoy it for now,


Raab

 

Tuesday, Sept 8th

  •   Hrs: 1-7pm  (no parties)

Wednesday, Sept 9th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm  (Strike rolls the opening back to 1pm) (no parties) 

Thursday, Sept 10th 

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm  (Strike rolls the opening back to 1pm) (no parties)

Friday, Sept 11th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (Strike rolls the opening back to 1pm) (no parties)

Saturday, Sept 12th

  •   Hrs: 12-6pm  (Strike Schedule 12-7) (members only weekend, no parties/guests) 

Sunday, August 13th

  •   Hrs: 12-5pm  (Strike Schedule 12-7) (members only weekend, no parties/guests)

 

September Swimming…

While no one can deny that this summer was indeed fabulous, it has certainly come to an abrupt end.  Now the swim season will linger just a bit longer but as the weather has shifted, so too will the pool hours next week as we start winding down for the season.  However before we jump to next week…

This Thursday the pool will be closing at 4pm for the SSSL Water Polo Championships which will run from 4:30-9pm.

The lost and found will be leaving on Friday.  So now is the time to check it!

From 7-9pm this coming Saturday we will have Adult Party 2.1 – Come hang out on the upper deck, enjoy a beverage and share your storm stories.  We’ll also have the last Anything Goes of the season going on at the same time too.  

Then on Monday, Labor Day, the annual biathlon will start at 9:30am with warm-up beginning at 9.  Games will run between about 2:30-3:30.

Now I’ve been asked many times over the last month when the last day of the season will be and in all likelihood it’s going to be Sept 13th.

A heads up too, we won’t be scheduling any parties after this coming Sunday, and that last weekend the pool is open will be limited to members only.

Going, going, but not yet gone,

– Raab

Tuesday, Sept 1st

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

Wednesday, Sept 2nd

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

Thursday, Sept 3rd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-4pm
  •   Water Polo Championships 4-9pm

Friday, Sept 4th

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

Saturday, Sept 5th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm
  •   7-9pm Upper Deck Adult Party 2.1
  •   Almost Anything Goes 7-9pm

Sunday, Sept 6th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Monday, Sept 7th

  •    Biathlon 9:30am, warm-up 9am
  •    Hrs: 12-7pm (no parties)
  •    Games from around 2:30-3:30pm

Tuesday, Sept 8th

  •   Hrs: 1-7pm  (No Parties)

Wednesday, Sept 9th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (no parties)

Thursday, Sept 10th 

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (no parties)

Friday, Sept 11th

  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm (no parties)

Saturday, Sept 12th

  •   Hrs: 12-6pm (members only weekend, no parties/guests)

Sunday, August 13th

  •   Hrs: 12-5pm (members only weekend, no parties/guests)

going, going…

all cities
In a word, fantastic!  The All City meet exceeded all expectations, and the months of anticipation an planning came together perfectly.  I want to extend a HUGE thank you to all that stepped up and played a role in making it so successful!  We could not have done it without you!

winding down and…
It’s inevitable and it’s begun.  There’s a chill in the morning air and the days are growing shorter. Some of the staff have already started to head back to school, and before long September will be here.  With our anticipated season end date, Sunday, September 13th, there is plenty of swimming left to be done although slowly over the next several weeks the shift to shorter season operations will occur.  Aerobics starts to wind down this week, ending next.  The week after that EMLS will end, as will both teen and family swims.  So pay attention to the calendar as things are a changing.

While some things will be starting to wind down we also have a few things that only happen this time of year. The first of course is the Watershow this Saturday, August 22nd at dusk, which just happens to be at 8:42pm on Saturday.

We also have:

Finally, Saturday, August 29th – Adult Party 2.0, 7-10pm and Almost Anything Goes 7-9:30pm.

water usage update
It’s not surprising that at this point we’ve already surpassed the total number of swims from last season and we still have a little more than a month to go.  It’s been one for the record books just about any way you look at it including water usage.  We continue to use a humongous amount of water, and our last water bill north of $4700 was a bit of a shocker.  Considering though how busy it’s been, and more closely looking into it, I found that we are only up 12% from last season, while my family’s usage at home has been up 20%.  Ahh… the price of growing tomatoes this season.

cleat exchange
There’s been some cleats exchanged under the bench near the front entrance in the lobby.  Please bring cleats that are only in good condition.  All cleats left over when the pool closes will be donated to charity.

Enjoy,

Raab

 


Pool hours have reverted back to how they had been listed in previous years.
Click here for a link to the online calendar.

Monday, August 17th

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

Tuesday, August 18th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Wednesday, August 19th

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

Thursday, August 20th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Friday, August 21st

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

Saturday, August 22nd

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   Watershow at dusk

Sunday, August 23rd

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Monday, August 24th

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

Tuesday, August 25th

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

Wednesday, August 26th

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

Thursday, August 27th

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

Friday, August 28th

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

Saturday, August 29th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm
  •   Adult Party 2.0 7-10pm  
  •   Almost Anything Goes 7-9:30pm

Sunday, August 30th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm
 
 
 

 

cake bake, food truck, fun float!

Well the weather has turned just enough to get that cake baked!

Remember, on Saturday evening we have the annual Cake Bake extravaganza.  This year’s theme is Mythology. If you plan to take on the challenge of baking up a real beauty be sure to plan accordingly and get it to the pool in time.  Cakes should arrive between 5:45-6:45pm. The cakes will be on display for all to see from 7-7:30pm, after which, judging will occur. Prizes will be awarded by age groups: 8 and under, 9-12, the teen years, mixed ages, and the family affair.  All of the cakes will then be cut and served. Everyone present will be able to enjoy cake and ice cream to their heart’s desire. 

It will also be Almost Anything Goes in the pool from 7-9:30pm during the event, so you can bring your air mattress, inner tube, or other crazy devices. Also please note that the lap lanes will not be in the pool during this time. 

Along with the cake thing we are trying something new this year.  We will also be having a food trailer/truck on site from 5-9pm.  This truck’s usual location is on 86th and 35th NE, next to Wells Fargo.  Come and enjoy some Indonesian/Thai food.  Note:  Cash only.  I’m hoping for a good showing so that we can continue to have food trucks occasionally make an appearance. So plan on making an evening of it, come on down and have dinner at the truck and cake and ice cream for dessert.  See the truck menu below.

Sunday it’s just regular old pool hours, nothing special, other than swimming outside in the summer!

See you at the pool,

Raab

Saturday, July 11th

  •   Hrs: 12-9:30
  •   Food Truck 5-9pm 
  •   Almost anything goes fun float 7-9:30pm (no lap lanes)
  •   Cake Bake!
    • Cake arrival 5:45-6:45pm
    • 7pm Cake viewing begins
    • 7:30 Judging
    • 8pm prizes and piggin’ out

Sunday, July 12th

  •   Hrs: 12-9

Extended Hours

Tweaked the schedule to extend the pool hours a tad on Thursday, Friday and on Sunday too. Come on down and beat the heat before you go to bed… Enjoy!  

Holy moly me oh my!  

Love it or not it’s been hot, and it’s only going to get hotter!  I don’t think we’ve ever seen weather this warm, for so long, this early in the season.  I certainly don’t remember anything like this. If the forecasts hold, things are shaping up to make for a very interesting situation heading into the holiday weekend.

As I mentioned last week, we typically have considerably less pool usage on the 4th of July when it falls on the weekend. Given the current forecast I’m not so sure that’s going to happen this time around.  As I mentioned last week, the games will not be happening this year. And that fun float thing that we were planning, it may have to be tabled or modified as well.  It really depends on just how many swimmers we have show up.  So it may be touch and go, and it might have to come down to a very last minute yea or nay.  I will post updated info on this as the picture becomes more clear.

I should probably touch base about parties and guests now too. While we don’t schedule parties on the holiday anyway, at this point I will not be scheduling any more parties on Friday or Sunday either.  As far as guests go, I think if everyone exercises a bit of restraint in not inviting all of their friends/neighbors down for a swim things should be okay.  I will keep you posted if I think it merits more restrictive action.  I do want to extend a thank you for and from many of your fellow pool members.  The feedback that I receive about these party/guest limitations is for the most part extremely understanding and supportive.

Also, in anticipation of the continued hot weather I am working on keeping the pool open a tad longer in the evenings later in the week.  I will post updates on Facebook and on the club website as I get those figured out.

Now how about that pool?  It feels too cold.  It feels too warm.  As you can imagine trying to nail down a pool temp that works for everyone is like a dog chasing its tail.  What works for one, doesn’t for another, and what feels great in the afternoon doesn’t in the morning. Of course some of this depends on what you are doing in the pool too.

The pool’s normal operating temperature is 84 degrees.  On a typical day, 83 will feel a tad cold, and 85 a tad warm.  Now if I leave the pool temp set at the normal 84 on extremely hot days, the pool will end up way too warm, pushing it into the upper 80’s.  A better target to shoot for is somewhere between 80 – 82.  This gives us capacity to take care of the solar gain.  It’s an orchestrated combination of looking at the current and forecasted weather and trying to not put any more heat into the pool, while also letting enough heat out of the pool overnight.  It’s not always easy to get 200,000 gallons of water to cooperate though. Occasionally there are hiccups along the way, like for example when the boiler shut down last Tuesday night making that early morning lap swim Wednesday extra refreshing!

Only one meet this week and it will be an away meet at Aqua Club!

Member lesson registration for session 2 is Wednesday at 8:30am. 

Stay cool,

Raab

Want a little more info out of our online calendar?  When looking at the club calendar online, select the “Week” tab and this view will provide a bit more detail.  Click here for a link to the online calendar.

Monday, June 29th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  •   Adult Team 8-9pm (south end of pool will be closed)

Tuesday, June 30th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  •   Wedg vs Wood meet at Aqua Club – warm up 5:30pm

Wednesday, July 1st

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  •   Member registration for Lesson Session 2, 8:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  •   Adult Team 8-9pm (south end of pool will be closed)

Thursday, July 2nd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm (possible extended hours TBD)
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Friday, July 3rd

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  •   No team practice
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm (possible extended hours TBD)
  •   Family Swim 5:30-7pm

Saturday, July 4th

  •   Not so Early Morning Lap Swim 10am-noon
  •   Hrs: 12-8
  •   Fun Float?  1-4pm TBD

Sunday, July 5th

  •   Hrs: 12-9 (possible extended hours TBD)