DO I NEED TO BOOK SWIMMING?
Yes, you will need to ring Marl Pits on 01706 226850 (Mon-Fri 6AM - 9PM, Sat-Sun 8:30AM - 12:00PM only) to book a session. It will be Members-Only laned swimming for now and we ask for you to arrive swim-ready.
CAN PAY-AS-YOU-GO CUSTOMERS SWIM OR IS IT JUST MEMBERS?
During Phase 1, it will just be members only.
WHAT SWIMMING SESSION TIMES ARE AVAILABLE?
Monday to Friday:
Saturday & Sunday:
WHAT DOES 'SWIM-READY' MEAN?
Arriving at the pool with swimwear already worn under clothes after showering at home. This will allow for less time to be spent in the changing area and help maintain water quality.
WILL LOCKERS/SHOWERS BE AVAILABLE IN CHANGING ROOMS?
A limited number of lockers will be available throughout our changing areas. We ask swimmers bring along only their essential items (e.g. towel, swimwear), to reduce the number of items being brought in to the facility.
During the first phase of reopening, no showers will be available throughout the building.
WILL I HAVE TO DRIVE HOME WHILE WEARING WET SWIMWEAR?
Changing areas will be available with cubicles for people to dry off and dress before leaving the pool. Cleaning products will be available to use to wipe down areas before you use cubicles/lockers if needed.
CAN I USE THE POOL AFTER GOING TO THE GYM?
No, you will have to book swim sessions to avoid overcrowding and we are asking you to arrive swim ready. You may book by calling 01706 226850.
CAN I BRING WATER?
Pre-filled drinks bottles are allowed on poolside to keep you hydrated during your swim.
CAN I BRING A TOWEL ON POOLSIDE?
No, please leave all belongings in bags or in lockers.
WHEN WILL THE CHANGING ROOMS BE CLEANED?
Cleaning will take place in all changing rooms before and after each swimming session. There will be a 30 minutes break between each session to allow for this to happen.
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED IN THE POOL?
During the first phase of reopening, we will only be running lane swimming sessions for adults. As government guidance changes we will be able to offer different sessions.
HOW WILL THE LANES SYSTEM WORK IN THE POOL?
We will have two, double lanes with a limit of 10 swimmers per lane.
They will be: Fast/Medium and Medium/Slow. We are asking swimmers to choose their lane carefully. We do want to accommodate all swimmers returning to the pool and the lanes will be monitored regularly so we can amend if needed.
If you need to pause or rest during your swim, you will need to stay close to the pool edge and face away from the water.
HOW CAN I OVERTAKE SAFELY?
Over-taking is not permitted, at the end of each turn in the pool you will be required to check to see if anybody faster is approaching and allow them to pass.
CAN PEOPLE WHO ARE SHIELDING USE THE POOL?
People who are shielding should follow the latest government guidance.
CAN PEOPLE WITH HEALTH CONDITIONS/DISABILITIES RETURN TO THE POOL?
Absolutely, we know that swimming is a fantastic activity for people with a range of health conditions/disabilities. However, those in the high-risk and moderate-risk groups should consider the latest government advice before returning to the pool. People categorised as “high risk” or who have concerns may wish to consult with their medical practitioner before returning to the water.
WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT BATHER LOADS FOR DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES?
Maximum bather occupancy cannot be determined by just using a single number and applying that to all activities. The guidance details the minimum water space needed in the strictest of controlled settings. The guidance document explains what the key risk factors are – distance and time. The activity being undertaken has an effect on how you control distance and time, therefore a minimum of 6 m2 would be in a setting where you can control distance and limited the time at which participants come close. This would be for example an aquacise class, where movements are led by the instructor with distance being controlled and the time at which participants are in close proximity to each other can be eliminated completely.