Our pool has been operating for nearly a month for open and lap swimming and the summer swim season has been going quite well:
- Many members have been enjoying the pool safely as most swim sessions are below or near our COVID-imposed capacity limits.
- Our swim team has been practicing every weekday and is preparing for its first virtual meet with special events such as music Fridays, individually-wrapped donuts, and a virtual time trial.
- Our new reservation system has served us well, providing a simple and reliable way to manage and reserve swim times.
- Our lifeguards have done a nice job adapting to their new responsibilities under COVID and helping to ensure our safety.
- The vast majority of members have been committed to following the COVID rules and regulations that are critical to maintain safety and helping to ensure that the pool does not need to close. This has not been easy to accomplish, but it is well worth the effort as we welcome opportunities for life to feel somewhat normal and to enjoy the relaxation, exercise, and fun that our pool offers.
While we are pleased with how the season has been going, we are continually evaluating our procedures and gathering feedback from members to further enhance the summer swim season experience. We value your input and suggestions. We often receive feedback from the vocal minority, which is helpful. However, we also encourage the silent majority to share your thoughts, as well. In this spirit we are providing an updated survey linked here, to allow you to easily (less than 2 minutes) provide your input and feedback to help us continue to improve the swim season experience.
In developing these rule changes and reminders our first priority remains the safety of our members and staff. With this in mind, the IRC Board agreed on the following rule updates and reminders:
- Open Swim Capacity. We have increased the open swim reservation capacity limits from 50 to 60 people for most weekend sessions and select weekday afternoons sessions. In reaching the decision to increase the capacity limits the Board weighed the increased demand for pool time with our ability to maintain social distancing and ensure that pool members continue to feel safe at the pool. We believe increasing to a capacity limit of 60 for these times provides an appropriate balance and will not adversely impact safety. We also considered increasing pool operating hours, but given the added costs and financial constraints we are under that was ruled out for now.
- Small Balls. Effective immediately small soft balls will be permitted for use in the pool. Members cannot play with balls outside of the pool. If members want to play with a ball at the pool, they must bring their own ball. As a reminder, any balls, toys or other items left behind after a swim session will be immediately discarded, as we are not permitted to maintain a lost and found.
- Increased Open Swim and Additional Lap Lane Reservations. On or around the week of July 27, we will be adding additional lap lane sessions and increasing open swim time. Based on our experience to date, we are able to reduce the gap time between sessions to allow sufficient time for swimmers to enter/exit the pool, while affording time for the cleaning required between sessions. The reservation system will be updated accordingly to reflect the new changes, including new start and end times for session blocks.
- Wearing a Mask. Our ability to keep the pool open requires that everyone do their part. In particular, we remind everyone that members must wear a mask upon entry to the pool, upon exiting the pool, and within the bathrooms. Entry to the pool will be denied to those not wearing a mask. Additionally, should repeated offenses of this rule occur, members may be denied from using the pool facilities.
- No Shows. “No Shows” must be avoided. “No Shows” prevent others from using the pool facilities, particularly the lap swimming lanes. If you will not be able to use a reserved time, you are required to cancel your reservation as a courtesy to other members and as required by the Board. If we observe repeated “No Shows,” we may temporarily cancel a member’s ability to reserve swim time and prohibit access to the pool. We recognize situations arise when you may not be able to attend a reserved swim time. If this is the case, please use our reservation system to easily cancel your reservation as quickly as possible.
- Lifeguards. The primary responsibility of our lifeguards is to ensure our members’ safety in the pool. This year they have been required to take on additional responsibilities related to COVID rules and regulations. We have asked them to ensure that our guidelines are being met such as, for example, by restricting pool access if there is not proper supervision of children 13 years old and younger, restricting pool access if masks are not worn upon entry, monitoring social distancing, and regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. That said, they are not the social distancing police – each of us must take responsibility for our actions to help ensure that all feel safe and are safe. All members must treat the lifeguards respectfully and abide by their instruction. If you have an issue with the lifeguards, then you should bring that to the attention of an IRC Board Member. Arguing with or being disrespectful of the lifeguards will not be tolerated. We are all in this together – including the lifeguards, who have done an excellent job this year during trying times.
PRORATED MEMBERSHIPS Beginning 7/17, a limited number of prorated memberships are available. (Family Plus $550, Family $500, Double $420, Single $350) To become a member or renew:
- Complete the membership form linked here and email it to IRCmembershipTeam@gmail.com, drop off your check at the pool and once we receive it and process your membership, we will send you an email with a username/password to our reservation system.
- For quicker access to the reservation system, purchase your membership online here and receive your username/password within a few hours.