COVID-19

WADERS takes the safety of our members very seriously.

This is a general guide on how we will start back at WADERS, please note that the guidance is constantly changing and the comments below reflect the best practice as at 7th June 2021 to minimise the risk, but this does not eliminate the risk of catching Covid 19.

The aim of this document is to give you an idea of how WADERS would operate with social distancing measures in place. This plan is designed to allow us to accommodate up to 12 people (including the trainer) safely at each session and each location.

The Covid 19 pandemic has affected all of our lives. Companies and organisations are doing their best to deal with the “new normal”. If you see anything that is wrong, please do you bit to help the club by reporting this to the pool officials or a club committee member, rather than posting negative comments on social media.

It is down to each individual member to make their own decision on returning to the pool when they feel safe to do so, no member will be judged on when they consider it safe to return. Any member that is still unsure about returning to the club should consult their own GP.

With the uncertainty on returning to the “new normal” it may be necessary to cancel, change or suspend certain sessions if it is not financially viable to continue with a reduced number of members. We may also consider temporary increases in weekly subs if pool numbers are limited or lower than normal.

Anybody that does not adhere to the social distances guidance and measures that have been implemented will be asked to leave to protect the safety of other members.

Booking System

As we will only be allowed 11 members in the pool per session, it will be necessary to book before you turn up. Anybody not booking before the session will not be allowed in (unless we have a late cancellation).

If you would like to book a session at Corringham, please ring Kay-Anne on 07899 745020.

If you would like to book a session at Laindon, please ring Sharon on 07792 827638.

If the session is fully booked, you will be given priority for the following week as due to restricted numbers, it may not be possible for all members participate every week. This is out of our control.

In order not to increase prices, any member that books a session will be expected to pay in the event that they do not turn up, unless we are given 24 hour’s notice of cancellation. This is an unfortunate change in order to keep the club going and we trust you understand this change.

Outside of the Pools

Whilst the aim of this guide is to ensure that everyone is able to exercise safely, one of the most important things you can do as an individual is be mindful of your own health, if you feel even slightly under the weather, do not come to WADERS. Human nature is to carry on even if you don’t feel great, however the recent Covid 19 pandemic has shown us very clearly that the best thing you can do if you don’t feel well, is eliminate the risk of spreading anything to anyone you may interact with, either on your way to the pools or during your time exercising. If you take nothing else away from this guide, please ensure you do not risk coming to the pools if you are unwell in any way.

Travelling to the pools is one of the higher risk activities, those living nearby will be encouraged to walk, those living further out will be able to take advantage of car parking spaces which are provided at the location. Please check the government advice if you use public transport.

Please do not enter the building more than 10 minutes before our session starts. If possible please wait in your car until it is time for your session to start. Please do not congregate before and after the sessions (remember Hands, Face, Space) and we will not be allowed to use the seating in the reception area. Please ensure that a face mask is worn at all times both on entry to the pool before you get changed and on exit as per government guideline. Please also leave the building as soon as possible at the end of your session.

Swimming Pool Buildings

Once in the building, you will immediately notice some changes the Pool operators have put a one way system in place. Please follow all signs installed by the pool operators.  

Please be aware that we do not have exclusive use to any of the buildings and facilities, there are other swimmers that have access before our sessions. Please make sure that you maintain social distancing guidance at all times and be aware that there may be small children about who do not understand this concept. 

Face masks must be worn by members when they are entering or leaving the building, but cannot be worn in the pool. Only a face shield can be worn in the pool, but this is a personal choice and may not provide any additional protection on its own.

Please use sanitising stations that have been placed around the building.

Paying Subs

As we know and trust our members we will be operating an honesty system, as change will not be given, so as to minimise contact with others. If you have overpaid for a session you can deduct this from your next visit. Please place you money in an envelope with your name & amount on it.

Please make sure that we have your full contact details as we may need to pass this on under the governments track & trace system.

Changing into swimwear and entering the Pool at Corringham

Current guidance is that you arrive “swim ready” meaning that you have your swimming costume under your clothing.

Please get changed poolside where there will be some chairs if you need them and place your bags and clothes in the boxes provided, as lockers will not be available to you.

On exiting the pool, please enter the changing rooms through the other door, where you may get dressed in a cubicle.

Please do not bring any valuables with you as the boxes will not be in a secure place and neither WADERS nor the pool will be held responsible for any loss.

Please note that the showers will be out of use at all times.

The hoist will be available, but pool staff will not be able to help you in and out of the hoist.

Anybody using the pool’s walking frames will need to clean them before and after use. Wipes will be available.

Changing into swimwear and entering the Pool at Laindon

Current guidance is that you arrive “swim ready” meaning that you have your swimming costume under your clothing.

Please use the same cubicle to get changed before and after your session.

Please do not bring any valuables with you as there are no lockers available and neither WADERS nor the pool will be held responsible for any loss.

There is a one way system around the pool to aid social distancing. Please make sure that you follow the route and be mindful that it can take some members longer to enter the pool than others.

If you are unable to walk all the way round, you may wait in the viewing are until the previous session is out of the pool. Then you may enter it via the short way.

Anybody using the pool’s walking frames will need to clean them before and after use. Wipes will be available.

Please note that the showers will be out of use at all times.

During Each session

The exercise routines will be altered to allow social distancing to be maintained. It is imperative for your own safety and the safety of other members to follow the trainer’s instructions at all times. 

When moving around the pool, please remember that some members may not be able to move at the same speed as you and overtaking will not be allowed.

However much you want to, please refrain from talking. Talking adds to the general volume of sound. The more noise there is, the louder people and the trainer will speak, thus increasing the distance and potential spread of airborne Covid 19 particles.

Equipment will be kept to a minimum to use during the sessions. Please submerge any equipment that you use under the pool water, to help disinfect the equipment (based on guidance from Swim England). Please do not share equipment.

Other points to note

Lessons may start later or be shortened slightly to reduce crossover between the sessions and with other pool users.

Please maintain social distancing at all times and follow the latest Government Guidance.

It will not be possible to participate in any free swimming either before or after the sessions.