Splishin' and a-splashin': some young swimmers enjoying the pool at the Cedar River Complex. Photo courtesy of the Cedar River Complex

What do you need to know before you hit the pools this summer? How is swimming this year going to be different? What sort of regulations and changes will take place?

The Cedar River Complex (CRC) and St. Ansgar Aquatic Center will be putting some changes in place for how the public will be spending our time in the pool. Both pools will be restricting their capacity by the CRC only allowing members, and the St. Ansgar pool is only allowing their pass holders to swim. St. Ansgar pool passes are still available to be bought at City Hall during their business hours.
“We have strategies for opening up swimming to non members, but there won’t be just a swim day pass for non members, they have to buy a punch card.” said CRC Aquatics Manager Mark Miller.

Social distancing regulations will be the same as other public areas. However, the CDC has stated that they do not recommend wearing masks in the water due to the fact that it is harder to breathe through them when they’re wet.

The CDC said that lifeguards are not expected to monitor hand washing, use of cloth face coverings, or social distancing. They are still encouraging social distancing in the shower rooms.

The St. Ansgar pool will not be having lounge chairs and concessions available. Swimmers can bring their own chairs to use and as of right now (Wednesday, June 24) they plan to start July 1st. The pool’s hours have been reduced to 1pm to 5pm on weekdays and weekends.
The CRC’s swim lessons will still be open to both members for the night time. Private lessons will still be the same as usual.

“Lesson groups are smaller, and the instructors will have them spaced out a little more. We have fewer groups for each half hour. Where normally we’d have six groups going on at once, now we’ve limited that so that there’s more pool space for the groups that are going on,” said Miller.

The St. Ansgar pool will be having private and semi-private sessions (1 instructor per 3 students). These will be five 30-minute lesson sessions.

Time to start enjoying your summer at the pools. Be safe and have fun!

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