How Time Blocks Will Work This Outdoor Pools Season
Counting down the days until swim season? So are the members of the CA Aquatics team!
Of course, in this COVID-19 era, this summer will look a little different than in years’ past. To make for a smooth kick-off, we’re diving into the “why” and “how” behind these new changes so we’re all prepared come opening day.
Today, we’re talking time blocks — so check out the video below and then read on to learn more about what to expect.
Why Time Blocks?
CA continues to monitor the latest health and safety guidelines on a state, county and national level. Currently, there’s a need to adjust pool attendance based on capacity restrictions at any given time.
The solution? Scheduling 90-minute blocks and limiting everyone to one spot per day. As a result, reservations will be highly encouraged this summer.
“This allows us to get the most number of swimmers through the pool each day while giving everyone a significant amount of time at the pool to play or swim laps,” said CA Aquatics Director Marty Oltmanns.
Everyone will have to leave at the end of every 90-minute block, which allows the lifeguards 30 minutes to clean all of the handrails, restrooms and different touch points around the facility.
Most of the pool days are broken into four-hour days (weekdays) or eight-hour days (weekends) for open recreation hours — so this system allows for two cleaning sessions per four-hour day, and four cleaning sessions on eight-hour days.
“It also allows us to check in the next block and make sure we maintain our capacity restrictions for the summer so we all stay safe,” said Oltmanns.
Only members and Columbia Card holders will be able to make reservations online or over the phone and guarantee a spot at their choice of pool. Want to make sure your online account is set up for access? Check out our recent blog post.
More to Come
We know there are a lot more questions to answer about the upcoming pool season, so leading up to Memorial Day weekend, we’ll be posting more in-depth information about what to expect at your outdoor pool. Also sign up for the CA Swim newsletter and follow CA Swim on Facebook and Twitter. Those will be the best ways to get the latest information on everything pools related.