As we approach the third week back in the pool, I’m delighted to report on so many positives around the club at present. Firstly, it is fabulous that so many of our members have returned to training – we are delighted to welcome you home!
Looking around the region it is clear that our retention levels are amongst the very highest. Our decision to prioritise EVERY squad having the ability to return has been very successful and we have also enjoyed welcoming new members joining from our highly successful ‘Inspire to Swim’ initiative – we are so pleased to welcome you to our family.
The challenge of return to pool has been great and I cannot praise our Covid Officers highly enough for the incredible work they have put into the safe return to swimming. The regulations are significant and we simply must adhere to them or lose our ability to operate. I witness the feedback messages each evening after sessions and continue to be full of admiration for the great team we have ensuring the very best and safest experience for every swimmer – a sincere ‘thank you’ for your tireless efforts.
I must however stress that we are in this for the long haul – we do not see any relaxing of the regulations this side of Christmas and with that I must re-iterate a number of key areas where we have experienced challenges since re-opening:-
- Covid 19 Risk Assessment Declaration
- Swim England require that this declaration be signed and presented by each member. Please ensure that this is presented to the Covid Officer at your next training session. Failure to present the completed form will result in the swimmer being unable to enter the pool.
- The form can be found (https://www.rdasc.org.uk/training-advice/)
- Form Titled (Return to Training – Declaration)
- Timely Arrival
- The doors are locked 10 minutes prior to the commencement of each session. Our staff have to move to poolside in order to ensure that the regulations are being met in that environment ahead of the pool session. We have experienced a number of late arrivals and unfortunately those arriving later than 10 minutes to the start of the session will not gain entry. Please make the effort to commence your journey to the pool in good time – we really want all swimmers to have the chance to swim but are bound by the regulations.
- Wearing of Face Mask
- This is mandatory in the Richmondshire Swimming Pool and we had this verified again this week during a meeting with the Chair of Richmondshire Leisure Trust. The simple rule will be – No Mask = No Entry.
- Social Distancing
- Swimmers – there continue to be a number of contraventions of social distancing outside of the pool ahead of sessions. Markers have been placed strategically to ensure correct distancing and we will not allow swimmers who ignore these regulations to enter the pool.
- Parents – Please can parents/carers please avoid congregating on the bridge (mezzanine) on arrival and departure.
Further Update – our Covid Officers have a formal review meeting on Monday 17th August where a number of refinements to the process will be discussed and verified. A further update will be issued following that meeting.
It is not our intention to overload or overcomplicate the provision of safe swimming to our members – but I hope you will appreciate that we are being, and will remain, as diligent as possible in order to ensure that we can continue to operate as a club. Please play your part in helping us continue to succeed in delivering a safe and enjoyable environment for our swimmers.
Chair – RDASC