Pickering Master Splashers Swim Club is trying to finally start the 2020/21 swim season with a new name, Pickering Masters Swim Club (PickeringMSC.ca). The executive is working hard to salvage some of the season and try to get members back to the pool in some limited fashion in these difficult times. Although the circumstances are very fluid and are changing day to day, we currently believe we can safely start one or two swim nights a week in Pickering at Dunbarton HS if enough interest is shown. Unfortunately, currently TPASC is unavailable to us due to scheduling conflicts, but we will try to include the Pan Am as time goes forward.
It should be stressed that returning to the pool entails many restrictions imposed to try to ensure the safety of participants. These include:
- Limited 1 hour sessions to 15 participants for the Dunbarton pool.
- Usage protocols to try and limited any transmission including social distancing, Masks when not actual swimming, and pool usage patterns to try and limited contact.
- Limited access to change rooms and washrooms. Although there will be access to the change rooms, showers, and washroom facilities, the use of the lockers will be restricted.
- Participants will be required to sign a few additional waiver as per normal practice with the pandemic.
Equipment – due to the restrictions, there will no equipment such as flutter boards, pull buoys, and fins available at the pool. Arrangements can be made to easily purchase these items. Also goggles and caps as needed. As these are part of most pool sessions, members are encourage to procure them if they don’t already own.
PMSC is a member of https://www.mastersswimmingontario.ca/. As such, all members must register through the club to provide insurance and guidance. In this regard, although not a big expense, MSO is encouraging Swimmer to register early. $6.00 from Sept 1 – Oct 31, 2020 $10.00 from November 1 – December 31, 2020 $12.00 from January onwards. So, even if you want to defer your start to swimming, the club will be happy to get you registered. Just let us know.
The club will try and host some Zoom meetings to keep everyone up-to-date and of course provide some social contact for members. This as physical get togethers such as pubs and our Saturday morning breakfasts will not be possible or recommended to keep us all safe.
If you would like to get more information on the club and/or be added to our email list just drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org (https://pickeringmsc.ca/contact-us/). Perhaps check our Facebook group at PickeringMSC FB Group
A members meeting will be held Tuesday October 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm. Open to all. If you would like to attend and are not on our mail list, just let us know and a link can be provided.
Pickering Masters Swim Club (PickeringMSC.ca)