The pool remains open for now…

The air quality has been up and down between about 155 and 145 for the last hour, currently the numbers are trending downward. Things are currently touch and go at he moment but for now the pool remains open. We will continue to monitor and let you know if/when the pool will be closing.

Pool Open on Friday

While still smokey, the numbers have plateaued or even receded a bit. There is some uncertainty as to what conditions will be later this afternoon and early evening but for now we are planning on resuming operations this morning at 9am. So there will be water polo practice, aerobics, and open swim starting at 1:15pm. We will continue to monitor and update as needed.

Wait, was that… Rain!?

What a welcome break. Sun lovers don’t worry, our regularly scheduled summer looks like it will return very soon. In the meantime here are a few reminders.

  • Early morning lap swim is now running Monday – Friday from 6-7:30

  • The pool will be closing early at 5:45pm the next three Thursdays, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26

I also would like to take a moment to remind everyone to be taking a good cleansing shower before hopping into the pool. It seems as though through COVID many have gotten out of this habit and I it’s had a noticeable effect on the clarity of the water. So please take a little extra time, soap up, and get yourself cleaned off.

One additional thing that we can all do to help keep the water quality as good as possible is when applying sunscreen to do so either prior to coming to the pool, or do it at the pool and then allow time for it to adhere/dry onto your skin. I’ve seen way too many times where people put sunscreen on themselves and/or their kids and then hop right into the pool. The end result is not surprisingly a cloudier pool, a waste of sunscreen, and likely less protection from the sun than intended.

Guest Policy Reminder

We have been getting a lot of calls regarding where we are with our current guest policy. Here’s the quick version of where we are currently:

  • Up to 5 guests – No reservation required

  • 6-12 guests – Reservation required – 2 hour limit – typically we try not to schedule these during “prime time” which is approximately 2-5:30pm

The full guest policy can be found here.

Keep in mind that the current guest guidelines may change and that there are also times when we may have member only days, and/or days when the weather might necessitate the suspension of guest privileges because of anticipated increased member pool usage. We try to publicize those as far in advance as possible.

See you at the pool! -Raab

Dig it!

No one wants to see the end of pool season, but the quiet months can be time to get things done in our arboretum.

  • We will be getting a couple of loads of wood chips to be spread (unknown time frame)

  • The lot striping needs to be repainted (weather dependent-when the brush pile is gone)

  • Outside the fence on the south side of the pool the landscape needs major pruning-dead wood removal and the brush hauled to the parking lot for loading in a rental truck.

We will start with landscape parties on Sat Sept 18 and 25, and see how the progress goes. I can also do weekday gatherings, if that helps the schedules of members. Come if you can, these projects are not time critical, if you can’t make it that is ok.

Those who wish can receive a refund of $50 from the 2021 pool fees, or you can donate that money back to our pool resurface fund.  

-Stephen Ramaley Landscape Chair sjramaley@gmail.com

Employment Opportunities

We already know that we will have openings on staff for the 2022 season.  We also know that we have far more potential applicants than positions. In anticipation of a significant number of applicants, we have decided to conduct several interviews this summer in August and September. Below you will find the steps to apply:

1. Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and Job Description which can be found on the Wedgwood Website on a document titled “WW Application Information 2022.”

2. Email Sara Behrens (sbbehrens@gmail.com) to receive the Signup Genius link to schedule your interview. Interview dates are on: 8/11, 8/18, and 9/11. We will conduct some interviews over the school year, however some of these may need to be conducted via Zoom rather than in-person. 

3. Complete the WW Application by October 1, 2021 in order to be considered in the first round of hiring. Please note, you may participate in an interview before completing your application. 

Interview Details

  • All interviews will be conducted at Wedgwood Swim Pool (7727 28th Ave NE) by Rob Parker (Manager) and Sara Behrens (Lifeguard Supervisor). 

  • Interviews will last between 20-30 minutes.

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can provide you with a copy of the questions prior to your interview. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Behrens sbbehrens@gmail.com

 


 

Saturday, Aug 7th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, August 8th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, August 9th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Tuesday, August 10th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Wednesday, August 11th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Thursday, August 12th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-5:45

  • Water Polo Matches 6-9pm

Friday, August 13th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 9:30-11am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 12-12:45pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, Aug 14th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, August 15th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Goodbye July, Hello August…

There’s still plenty of summer left this swim season but it’s hard to believe that August is already upon us. August is typically a little slower around the pool than the rest of the summer, or at least it was before COVID. Honestly after some of the busier days this summer, lower numbers may be a welcome sight.

A week ago, we were in the midst of several busy days and we want to thank you for helping us provide ample opportunity to all members by adhering to the reduction in guest numbers. Your understanding and cooperation with the reduction was very appreciated.

Swim team will wrap up this coming Wednesday evening with awards and video. Because of this the pool will be closing early at 5pm. Please note that while this will be an early closure, we will not have adult lap swim only.

There are a couple of other changes coming in the schedule next week as well. 

Starting on Wednesday 8/4, early morning laps will extend another 30 minutes to 7:30am and will then run from 6-7:30am Monday – Friday.

Aerobics on Fridays now will be from 12-12:45pm, while Monday-Thursday will remain unchanged. We had been trying to shift aerobics a couple of days a week, but with water polo starting up we wanted to avoid anyone in aerobics getting a stray ball to the head, which would not be pleasant at all. 

Speaking of water polo. Practices start Wednesday 8/4 and more information and registration forms are available on the club website.

See you at the pool! -Raab

Directory Cover

It’s way past time for a new pool directory and part of putting out a new pool directory involves putting some artwork on the cover. So kids it’s time for you to get creative and draw a pool directory cover for us. Take a blank 11.5 x 8.5 sheet of paper, fold it in half the hamburger way and get busy!  Drawings should be in black ink so they will reproduce well and also need to include the following:  on the front – Wedgwood Swim Club Directory, on the back – your name and age.  Please return your cover to the pool as soon as possible, but no later than August 6th.
 


Saturday, July 31st

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

 

Sunday, August 1st

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

 

Monday, August 2nd

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Tuesday, August 3rd

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Wednesday, August 4th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-5pm

  • Swim Team Awards

 

Thursday, August 5th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Water Polo 11:45-1pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Friday, August 6th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am

  • Water Polo 9:30-11am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 12-12:45pm

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Important Announcement Re: Guests this weekend

Based on the high numbers of members attending open swim, increased guest activity, and sunny warm weather in the forecast, we are temporarily rolling back the number of guests allowed per family this weekend. On both Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th we will permit two guests per family per visit. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep the pool safe and available for membership to enjoy.

July 22nd Update…

From the Manager
This past Sunday seemed very busy at the pool, almost pre-pandemic busy. The fantastic weather along with the expanded guest policy came together where indeed over half of the people at the pool mid-day were guests on what turned out to be a pretty crowded day. While the numbers were still way under our capacities, there was a bit of an uncomfortable feel, especially after operating with limitations over the last year and a half.

It was also evident that many of the guests visiting were not as practiced at keeping their distance on the deck or while in the pool as those in our membership have been doing. Additionally, many of the guests were unfamiliar with our pool rules as well.

As the season continues we’re hoping that the novelty of bringing guests to the pool will start to subside. In the meantime we will continue to monitor guest usage so that we have a clearer understanding of the impact and make adjustments to our guest policies if needed. We will also not be scheduling larger groups of guests during prime time hours from 2:30-5:30pm. 

Finally we ask that if you are thinking of bringing any guest to the pool that they know and understand what the expectations are for distancing and masking. It would also be helpful if they know what our pool rules are as well.

Thank you!

Raab

Per current Washington State guidelines:

Adult Team

Out of thin air Adult Team information has magically appeared. The meet will be on Saturday, July 31st at Sheridan Beach, there is a sign-up sheet posted in the pool lobby. If you are interested in swimming please sign up ASAP, entries are due on the 27th.

Swim Meets and the Pool Schedule

Our last dual meet of the season is Thursday, July 22nd – the pool will only be open for Adult Laps from 1:15-3:15. Additionally, on Wednesday the 28th the pool will not be open for anything other than Early Morning Laps and lessons as we host the 13 and Up Girls’ Prelim/Finals.

Aerobics

We will be changing sign-ups for aerobics and moving to two reservations per individual on a rolling basis. This change should take effect July 30th. Please note there will not be aerobics next Wednesday, July 28th, and don’t forget the schedule will be switching a bit come August.. More details coming next week.

Swim Lessons

The last session of swim lessons will be from August 2nd-19th. Registration for Session 3 for members is on Tuesday, July 27th at 9:15. With swim team wrapping up, we are able to return to earlier lesson times. The new schedule will be: 9:30, 10:00, 10:45 and 11:15am. A schedule of classes is posted in the lobby. Email Julie with any questions- wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com 

Water Polo

Water polo season will be starting August 4th, which is the day after All Cities. It will be open to all vaccinated kids, both members and non-members, ages 12-18. We will be having a 14 & Under Coed, 14 & under girls and 18 & under coed teams.

The registration form is now available here and at the pool. It needs to be returned before your child’s first day of practice. The practice schedule is listed below. The game schedule is undetermined, but we expect to have games Tuesday and Thursday nights. The final schedule will be sent out when it is availible. 

Questions about water polo should be directed to: wedgwoodwaterpolo@gmail.com

Practice Schedule(starting Aug 4th):
Monday-Thursday 11:45am-1:00pm
Friday 9:30am-11:00am
 


Thursday, July 22nd

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Adult Open Laps 1:15-3:15
  • Home Meet
Friday, July 23rd
  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm
  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  • Teen Swim 7-9pm
Saturday, July 24th
  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm
  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, July 25th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm
  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm
  • Teen Swim 7-9pm
Monday, July 26th
  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm
  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Tuesday, July 27th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Member Lesson Registration 9:15am
  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm
  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Wednesday, July 28th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Pool Closed for Girls Prelims

Thursday, July 29th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm
  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Friday, July 30th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am
  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am
  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm
  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm
  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Hey there, Hi there

Keeping this short this week and the main topic today is guests.

Beginning this Saturday, July 17th, we will be reverting to something similar to our pre-pandemic guest policy. What this means is that you will now be able to bring up to 5 people per family, per visit, without making a reservation. This total includes all guests in your party. So, for example if you already have 2 houseguests coming to the pool with you and you want to bring another 4, you will need to schedule that in advance.

In cases where you wish to bring a group larger than 5, from 6 up to 12, you’ll need to make a reservation in advance. We cap the total number of guests at 12. These larger group reservations are for 2 hours and we don’t double book so as not to impact the total numbers in the pool at any one time. You may only make one reservation at a time, and once you’ve used one you are then welcome to make another.

Please note if making a reservation for something like a party, the multi-purpose room upstairs will not be open this year. The BBQs and picnic tables will remain on a first come first served basis.

Now there are times when we may have member only days, and/or days when the weather might necessitate the suspension of guest privileges because of anticipated increased member pool usage. Those will be publicized in advance.

Our full guest policy can be found here.

  • Up to 5 guests – No reservation required

  • 6-12 guests – Reservation required – 2 hour limit 
     

No Surprises
There have been a couple of instances already this season where the pool has been unusually busy on certain evenings during Adult Laps. We want to let you know in advance that if this does again happen that there may be the need to reduce the number of lanes to accommodate the larger number of people at open swim. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility with this effort to make the pool an enjoyable place for all.
 

Adult Meet?
I have no further information about an Adult Meet actually happening.
 

I Scream for Ice Cream
Don’t forget we have an ice cream social scheduled this Friday, July 16th. Put your favorite sweater on and come down and have an ice cream novelty from 7-9pm.

Home Meets and the Pool Schedule
We have a home meet next Thursday, July 22nd. The pool will be open only for Adult Laps from 1:15-3:15. The following week on Wednesday, July 28th we will be hosting the 13 and up Girls’ Prelim meet. The pool will be closed all day with the exception of early morning laps, aerobics, and lessons.
 

Water Polo
It’s looking like we may have enough interest in reviving our water polo program this year! Right now we have a solid contingent of 12 and 13 year-olds, but we would like to field a 15-18 team as well. 

If you are over 12 and vaccinated, please put your info on the sign-up sheet  in the pool lobby ASAP! 

The season will start the first week of August and Max Black and Ruby Brown are looking forward to bringing back the championship to WW!


See ya at the swimmin’ hole! -Raab
 


 

Thursday, July 15th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Friday, July 16th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

  • Ice Cream Social 7-9pm

 

Saturday, July 17th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

 

Sunday, July 18th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

 

Monday, July 19th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Tuesday, July 20th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Wednesday, July 21st

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

 

Thursday, July 22nd

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Adult Open Laps 1:15-3:15

  • Home Meet

Half Way – No Way!

We have survived that incredible heat wave, and it appears, for at least the time being, that our more Seattle-like summer has returned. We are about to hit the half-way point of the season and every day that goes by seems just a bit more normal than the one before. The return of guests coupled with both the diving board and basketball hoop have been welcome additions.

If you aren’t familiar with our diving rules they are posted at the pool and/or you can take a look at them here. Also, something to be aware of is that while the hoop is back it is not always available. During family swim, Monday – Friday 5:30-7:00pm we will often take the hoop out to help maintain a more quiet and calm environment for families with small children. The hoop will not be available from 8-9pm Monday-Thursday during Adult Lap Swim as there is very limited pool space during this time. Other than that, as long as the pool doesn’t get too crowded, please feel free to come in and get your game on.

Ice Cream!

Feeling a little more social? Well we’re having an ice cream social on Friday, July 16th from 7-9pm. Come on down to the pool and enjoy an ice cream novelty.

Adult Meet?!

I’ve heard through the grapevine that there may actually be an Adult Meet this year on Saturday, July 24th and that it might be at Sheridan Beach. I will certainly share more details as/if they become available.

Water Polo?

We are at the point now where we need to figure out whether or not we have enough interest/commitment to proceed with our own water polo program this season. Now water polo won’t officially start until August, but if you are 12 or over, vaccinated, and looking to play, we would like you to put your name down on the sign-up sheet in the pool lobby. The sooner the better. Those 12 and under may be able to play at View Ridge as they have offered up an invite for Wedgwood kids to play there this year, but have limited space. If we don’t have enough interest with our 12 and ups they may be potentially able to play there as well.

Guests

No change with regard to guests this week. We will continue with the following:

Currently full and senior members may bring children and grandchildren as guests. Houseguests (people staying in your home from out of town) are also permitted. We ask for all other situations that each family only bring a maximum of 2 guests per visit.

Teen Swim

On Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 7pm to close, teens may bring in up to two guests for $5 each. These guests do not count against the guest allotment.

Home Meets

We have another home meet next Tuesday, July 13th, and then another on Thursday, July 22nd. The pool will only be open for Adult Laps (6 lanes) from 1:15-3:15 on home meet days. There will not be Open Swim time during this time.

Aerobics

Aerobics has been popular this year and we are adding Tuesday and Thursday into the mix starting next week as well. The time will be the same, so Monday – Friday from 8:15-9:00am. Please note that once swim team is over in early August we will be pushing the Tuesday and Thursday classes to a later start time of 12:15pm.

We will likely continue to use the FunFangle reservation system for Aerobics for the remainder of the season as well as keeping this as a members only activity. 

  • You will need to use your same funfangle log in as you used for pool reservations back in May and early June. (if you have not made a funfangle account yet, email wwlessoncoordinator@gmail.com for the sign-up link and instructions)


Friday, July 9th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Saturday, July 10th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Sunday, July 11th

  • Adult Laps 11am-12pm

  • Open Swim 12:15-9pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

Monday, July 12th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Tuesday, July 13th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Adult Open Laps 1:15-3:15

  • Home Meet

Wednesday, July 14th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Thursday, July 15th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Adult Open Laps 8-9pm

Friday, July 16th

  • Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7am

  • Aerobics (Reservations Req) 8:15-9am

  • Open Swim 1:15-9pm

  • Family Swim 5:30-7pm

  • Teen Swim 7-9pm

  • Ice Cream Social 7-9pm