Swimming Pool Now Taking Advanced Bookings, Provides FAQ on What to Expect

Tue, September 8, 2020

Starting today, Tuesday, September 8th, the City’s Recreation Department is taking advanced bookings for the reopening of the swimming pool, which will be by registration only when it reopens September 14th. To help residents better understand and adapt to the changes at the pool, staff have developed a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions. To help make you more comfortable diving back into using our public facility, check them out below.

 

How far in advance can patrons register for swim  sessions? 

Registration for swim sessions will open every Friday for the following week. For example - on September 18th, registration will open for swim sessions from September 21-26th. If space is still available, patrons can register directly before a swim session.

Can a patron register other patrons for swim sessions?

No, patrons are required to book their own swim sessions, unless they are booking for multiple members of their own family. There is no limit on how many family members can attend a session together, but remember there are limited capacities for all swims and registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Can patrons of the same household share a swimming session? 

No, all patrons must register for the entire swimming session but have the ability to arrive and leave at any point of their choosing during the designated  time slot.

Are there any new protocols in place that patrons should be aware of?

Yes, all patrons attending swim sessions will be required to answer a Wellness Check Questionnaire upon arrival. Additionally, all patrons need to have a Waiver Form on file prior to swimming.

Where will patrons store their belonging while swimming?

Patrons will be provided with bins to store their belongings on the pool deck in a visible area. Bins will be disinfected after each use. 

Are the change rooms available for patrons?

There will be no access to the change rooms on the way into the pool. Patrons should arrive ready to swim. Change rooms will be available to patrons once they are finished swimming, but there will be a capacity limit on the number of patrons allowed in the change rooms at one time.

Can patrons practice Aquafit on their own? 

Yes, patrons are welcome to use our Limited Use times to practice their own Aquafit or other water fitness. Please keep in mind that all equipment needs to be supplied by the patron and physical distancing must be practiced at all times.

Are any services currently unavailable?

Currently both the dry and steam sauna, water fountain, rope swing, and equipment such as kickboards, fins and water toys are unavailable.

Are patrons required to bring their own equipment?

Yes, with the exception of PFDs, which will be provided upon request, patrons must supply all equipment they wish to utilize in the pool. Please note - snorkels, balls, or large floats are not permitted in the pool at this time.

What to expect during Lane Swims:

Both pools and hot tub open with limited capacity, eight (8) swim lanes in main pool for lane swimming, dive tank available, diving board and water features may be available. To book this session patrons are required to be 13+ or accompanied by an adult.

What to expect during Limited Use:

Both pools and hot tub open with limited capacity, two (2) swim lanes in main pool for lane swimming, dive tank available, diving board and water features may be available. To book this session patrons are required to be 13+ or accompanied by an adult.

What to expect during Public Swims:

Both pools and hot tub open with limited capacity,  dive tank, diving board, and water features available.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding with the above noted restrictions, as we all adjust to a new normal at our facilities.

 

Prince Rupert Recreation – Pool Re-Opening FAQ