Unfortunately, as I’m sure you are all aware, Sydney is now under increased COVID-19 restrictions for the next few days. As a result, we are back to wearing masks in the indoor areas of all facilities except when swimming, or teaching. As always, please remember to keep 1.5m distance from each other and to make sure you are pre-booked into classes AND complete the COVID Check-In for the pool facility you are attending. We will be teaching from the pool deck where possible, and keeping an arm and kick board’s length (1.5m) away in the water. Please remember, if you are required to self-isolate due to visiting an affected area, receiving a COVID test or for another reason, do not attend the facilty and contact us about rescheduling your classes.
On a a positive note, our Heron Island Swimming trip in Queensland occurred just in time before the new outbreak! We were so lucky during the week there to see such a vast array of marine life along some amazing coral landscapes. It was so amazingly beautiful, with a swimmer reporting after one swim; “it’s the best swim I have ever had”. The water, a comfortable 23C, was sublime with its amazing shades of aquamarine to deep blue. Thanks to oceanswimsafaris.com for organising!
Since we’re returned many swimmers have come to us and expressed their enthusiasm to join the next one. Given the success of the trip and the interest since, we have plans to make it an annual occurrence, so if you are keen to join us next year, send us a message and we’ll have a chat with you about the swimming prerequisites to attend. It’s a great motivator for your swimming goals to have a physical destination at the end!
We appreciate our classes are still quite full, with the popular times carrying waitlists. This winter season has been like no other, with clients unable to travel far and people working remotely. We are monitoring the timetable end adding classes where necessary, such as an additional Stroke Foundations class on Wednesday nights at 5.15pm at Prince Alfred Park Pool. Be sure to book into this class if you missed out on a spot last week. Remember it is worthwhile to put your name on the waitlist as swimmers do reschedule and others get into the classes.
We’d love to congratulate one of our instructors Michelle, who was awarded ‘Trainer of the Year’ by Surf Lifesaving Sydney for her work at Tamarama Surf Lifesaving club! You may know Michelle from our Intro to Ocean Swimming classes or our Auburn learn to swim classes. She dedicates a lot of time and passion into water safety that is reflected in her work at Tamarama SLSC and her swim teaching. A huge congratulations Michelle!
As always, yours in swimming,
Photo: Elena Longo, Hereon Island, Qld.