In the coming weeks, it looks like we will be able to hit the pool again. In preparation, we need to have a look at how things might be different than they were before lockdown.
Guidance from Swim England can be found here.
Lane etiquette.-OCLL has asked us to change our lane layout into double-sized lanes for all sessions, as we sometimes have for morning training. The number of swimmers per lane has been reduced to 10 swimmers per double lane at Oldham, Chadderton, Royton, and 8 swimmers at Failsworth. Fortunately, our groups are small enough to accommodate this.
Pre and post-swim showering-Swim England recommends that swimmers should shower at home before coming swimming. This will help the pool keep a good level of free chlorine. The level of free chlorine is affected by how many contaminates people bring into the pool from oils and skin cells, etc. Free choline is needed to kill bacteria and viruses. Swim England also recommends that swimmers should shower at home after swim sessions to minimize the time spent in the changing rooms. This means that swimmers should arrive at the pool with swimwear under their clothes, and afterwards, a quick towel dry, dress and return home.
Training programme-Swim England also recommends that sessions should be aerobic endurance-based long swim sets to minimize any time stood at ends of lanes. This looks like the biggest change for the time being as swimmers will be asked to do longer distance sets with little rest.
Swimming equipment-Please can we ask that swimmers have a full supply of their own kit, kickboard, pull buoy, paddles, fins, snorkel, and full drinks bottles for each session. It is very important that swimmers use their own kit and are not allowed to share or loan equipment to other swimmers.
We do not have a firm start date at the moment and we will update everyone as soon as it is announced. Similarly, we have not heard how and when your direct debits will restart. Morning training will not take place until we are comfortable with the new sessions and new ways of working.
Please make sure you read the Swim England guidance thoroughly as this will be the new normal for some time.