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Sat 8 May Pool Session
May 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Pool session for:
- paddlers who can confidently rescue themselves in the pool and want to practice rolling, Eskimo rescues and/or support strokes; and
- two or more paddlers from the same household who want to practise rescuing each other.
NB because of social distancing restrictions, we can only provide limited coaching support for these activities, from 2m distance; and not hands-on support as we have done previously. Under-18s should therefore have the support of a parent poolside (or in the water, if they know what they’re doing!)
If you’re interested in coming, please e-mail us as soon as possible to let us know what you’d like to do in the session, so we can plan accordingly.
Procedures for using the pool with Covid precautions
- Arrive as ready-to-go as possible (swim kit underneath clothes)
- Drop-off your own boats / paddles by the external pool door prior to going into the building (we’ll have done the same with Club kit); take other kit (spray-decks, helmets, etc.) in with you
- Wait until 5min before the start of the session to go into the building (2.55pm)
- Wear a mask inside the building, follow the signs and maintain 2m social distance from everyone except your own household
- Check with reception that it’s OK to proceed to the changing rooms
- Change as quickly as possible, maintaining social distance from other users – keep your masks on as much as possible
- Wait until we’re given the go-ahead before moving onto poolside.
- When you leave the changing rooms to go poolside, turn right and head straight to the external door to collect your boats / paddles; then continue anti-clockwise around the pool until you find a space, 2m away from everyone else, where you can get kitted-up, adjust boats, etc. Keep 2m away from others throughout this whole process – and keep masks on if possible.
- Launch when you’re ready – you can take masks off now!
- Helmets to be worn in the pool, please
- Keep 2m away from others throughout the session, with the following exceptions:
- you may work closely with other household members, who could be either in boats, on the water or poolside; or
- you may practice Eskimo rescues (where the distance between rescuer and rescuee may be less than 2m) BUT should try not to face each other directly and should limit the total time spent doing this to 30s throughout the session; or
- in an emergency we may all perform whatever rescues are necessary to save life.
- You will need to be self-sufficient or rely on household members for all rescues (other than genuine emergencies) – including emptying your own boats
- If you need / want any coaching, please ask – but we’ll only be able to coach from 2m distance!
- At the end of the session, we need to clear the building within 15min (by 4.45pm) – reversing the procedure used at the start:
- Find a space 2m from everyone else when you get out of the pool, empty your boat and take kit off as quickly as possible
- Take boats / paddles back to the external door by walking clockwise around the pool, keeping 2m away from everyone else (and wearing masks again if possible) – follow the ‘queue’ with the people closest to the door moving first. Keep spray-decks, helmets etc. with you (you can hang onto Club kit until the next time we see you)
- After dropping your boats / paddles outside, return clockwise to the changing rooms – and change as quickly as possible maintaining social distance from other users – keep your masks on as much as possible
- Don’t forget to collect your own boats / paddles before you leave!