During the pandemic, pool operating restrictions meant our club's Weds morning session was moved to a Tuesday evening. There are also quite a few restrictions and guidelines we need to abide by from the BTF, Swim England, Alive St James and our own club, including:
|Online Pre-Registration only, no just turning up|
|Health screening questionnaire during registration|
|Limited to a maximum of 10 swimmers|
|Focus on skills & Drills|
|No changing or locker facilities, arrive "Pool Ready"|
|No overtaking in the pool|
|Must be able to swim 100m confidently, without rest|
|Online prepayment option (+paypal fee)|
Full details are available below.
This session is one of our staple training sessions and is tailored across the year to compliment the triathlon season, especially in the build up to popular races.
During November, we went back to basics to give everyone a chance to identify their weaknesses, work on technique and get the basic right.
Don't worry if you're still a bit rusty in the pool, we accommodate all ranges of pace, stamina and experience - we just ask that you can confidently swim 100m without rest.
While we still need to limit the amount of kit our swimmers bring poolside, our sessions make regular use of pull buoys for drills, but also fins and paddles from time to time. If you don't have a pull buoy already, they are available to buy at the pool,town and online but we do have some you can borrow and most drills are able to be performed without any kit (they can be a bit be more tiring though). We would also suggest you bring a filled named water bottle with you and ask that you do not share bottles.
We normally welcome those struggling with front crawl with open arms but, while we can accommodate a range of swim paces, this is not a learn-to-swim session. We do hold special front crawl sessions from time to time so please let us know if you would be interested in these. In the meantime, we ask that swimmers are at least able to confidently swim 100m front crawl without rest and unaided.
As part of current operating guidelines, all swimmers MUST fill in a brief health screening questionnaire BEFORE arriving at the pool, and we need to keep a register of everyone who attended for at least 21days to assist with the Track & Trace initiative. This, alongside the restriction in numbers, means that we need to operate an online pre-booking system so that our coaches have access to everyone's details before the session, and to avoid members turning up and hanging around in the hope there is a space available. It is possible to cancel your registration online, up to the day before the session and we operate a waiting list so that if somebody does cancel, the swimmer on the top the list will be automatically offered the slot via email - we have no control of who is at the top of the list btw, it is in the order of registration. We prefer online payments at time of registering (+24p paypal fee), but if choosing to pay in person, PLEASE BRING EXACT CHANGE.
If possible, please shower and use your own toilet before heading to the pool and arrive 5-10mins before the session begins and head to the viewing area where the coach(es) will welcome you and have a brief chat if it is your first time in the pool with us, or if you have any concerns. Pool access has now through the normal entrance and both lockers and changing facilities are available. If you can, please still arrive "Pool Ready" with your swimwear already on and under your clothes and bring a small waterproof bag to store your dry clothes poolside (we are swimming by the windows so have use of the benches). Remember to maintain social distancing throughout, the session must start promptly and sadly is still less chance to chat with your clubmates before, during and after the session while in the building. Outdoor shoes are no longer premitted in the changing area or poolside.
We have access to changing facilities and showers again but as with rest of the session, please remember to socially distance and avoid hanging around or chatting until you are outside and away from the pool, especially as the pool staff try to shut promptly but are too polite to chuk us out.