Effective Saturday Dec 26, 2020, the province of Ontario is entering into Lock down until Saturday Jan. 23, 2021. As such, all facilities including the Pickering Rec Complex and Dunbarton HS pool will be closed. This is also been the case for sometime for the Pan Am Sports Center at which the club also swims i.e. being in the Toronto Lock down since November.
PickeringMSC has just completed two successful sessions, swimming on Saturday morning’s and Tuesday evenings through November and December. Although being somewhat restrictive in only allowing 15-18 swimmers to attend per session, our executive and coaching staff have been able to adapt the pool configuration and workouts to accommodate the restrictions. Swimmers are being kept safe including screening at every workout and implementing protocols to ensure masks are worn at all times except while in the water. Our swimmers have been able to continue to enjoy a beneficial swim environment, all while maintaining our 2 meter social distancing.
Upon completion of the current lock down, the club is hoping to start new sessions including Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from Tuesday January 26, 2021 through to the March Break. It should be stressed that this is dependent on the pools being allowed to open, which may well not be the case. If this does happen, the club will continue to adjust the schedule accordingly.
While the pools are closed, the club is looking at offering a 4 week block of “Dryland Training for Swimmers” virtually on Tuesday evenings being led by our very own Laureen Karry, a 500HR Certified Yoga instructor. These sessions will be aimed at moves and exercises specific to strengthening and flexibility as they relate to swimming. Laureen is offing us a great deal to help us get ready to get back to the pool when restrictions are lifted.
Please visit https://pickeringmsc.ca/membership/ for details which should be posted soon. For folks who are not currently PickeringMSC 2020/21 members, it is easy to join. Just go to https://pickeringmsc.ca/membership/
The only immediate cost, is that to join MSO (Master Swim Ontario). You can then sign up for sessions as individually costed.