Male pool lifeguard and female Oasis Programs supervisor standing behind signs detailing number of swimmers per lane

Parks & Recreation

Oasis splash and fun, bring snacks for one

Published: 25 Sep 2020 1:56pm

Families will be heading to the Oasis Regional Aquatic Centre these school holidays – and while splash and fun swimming is back, there are a few changes in store.

Oasis Programs Supervisor Fiona Claridge said the Oasis team was hoping the community would work with staff to help keep everyone’s swimming experience a safe and positive one.

“There’s a maximum number of people we can allow in each pool,” Ms Claridge said.

“To help manage numbers, we’ll have COVID-safety officers keeping track. If one pool is full when you come in, we may ask you to wait for someone to leave or give you the option to use a different pool.

“We’re not restricting how long people can be in the water, we’re just asking the community to be mindful of each other – if you see someone waiting to get in, and you’ve been in for a while, maybe hop out and let them have a turn.

“Everyone has been mindful of each other so far, and we’re hoping that’ll continue over the holidays.”

Enjoying a snack after a swim is a regular part of a pool visit, and for once it’s okay to keep your food to yourself!

“We’re encouraging everyone to only bring food for themselves or their families – snacks that are designed for one, like muesli bars or bananas,” Ms Claridge said.

“We’re not open for birthday parties or gatherings – we can’t have people congregating and sharing food because it’s important we keep to the four square metres per person rule.

“We’ll also have limited seating, basically just for people who are watching their children, so we won’t have tables and chairs out for food and drinks.”

If you’re wanting to swim laps, the best time to visit during school holidays is early morning or in the evening, as staff are expecting the pool to be busy with leisure swimmers from approximately 11am onwards.

“We’ll have lap lanes in place in the morning and take them out if we’ve got a lot of people coming in during the day for leisure swimming, moving them to the 25 or 50 metre pool,” Ms Claridge said.

“We’ll cater for people as best we can. We’re just asking everyone to please listen to our COVID-safety officers and be considerate of each other – that way everyone will have fun, which is what school holidays are all about.”

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