From the Pool Deck articles

From The Pool Deck (originally published in January/February 2021 Splasher)

As of January 30th, the pool will open for lap swimming on a trial basis, through March 31st.  This is of course dependent upon COVID, and available personnel to act as monitors.  No lifeguards will be on duty.  Waivers will need to be signed before you will be allowed to swim.  We will also be allowing 20 associate memberships for the 2 month period.

Times will be Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   This is a small change from the previous schedule, but again, we are experimenting to see how it goes.  Sign ups will be as before with sign-up genius, and the same limitations will apply.  You can check the website for more information on that.

Work continues on the facility.  By the end of January, repairs to piping and valves, the cleaning of the filters, and the installation of the security cameras should be completed.  The lawn area is being treated to eliminate the clover which attracts the bees, and the lawn area will be thatched and reseeded in spring, once the clover has been eliminated.  Bee stings account for almost all the injuries at the pool.  Hopefully this will eliminate the problem.  We are working with Comcast to provide a faster more reliable wifi system at the pool, unfortunately, a cable has to be brought in from across the street which means trenching the street.  Currently, this is in the permit process, hopefully completed before the end of February.

Come Spring, I will be looking for volunteers to help with some landscaping chores and painting projects.  Do you have a particular skill set and would like to join in to help?  Please email me you skill set and let me know you would like to help.  Opportunities from the simple to complex.  I promise no one will be worked to death, and who knows, perhaps food and libations may be available.

In closing, the pool is open! Come and get your exercise, and use one of the great benefits of living in Shadow Brook.

From The Pool Deck (originally published in November/December 2020 Splasher)

Another season at the pool has ended.  And what a strange and convoluted season it was.  Between Covid, transitioning boards, beginning the morning adult lap swim, keeping the pool open for longer than it ever has been, adjusting schedules, making repairs and running out of guards, it’s been busy.  But, it has been great seeing the pool get the use it has been getting. The adult lap swim in the morning has been very popular and I definitely want to see it start back up as soon as possible for all you early risers. And a big thank you to Kyle Kikuda for being our Covid monitor during that time.

I also want to thank Blake Newton for his help in getting me up and running.  He even took my calls and texts after he had left for school and always responded promptly.  It was a huge help for me.  I want to thank all the guards for their service this year, I’ve gotten many compliments on their behalf for good attitudes and helpfulness.  A special thanks to Amanda Keith, Owen Quast and Kylie Roberts for stepping up as interim managers, and along with Andrew Swartz, stayed to the end of November as Covid monitors, enabling us to keep the pool open for you.

My last thought is of the Chlorine gas incident we had a while back.  After evacuating his group of swimmers to safety, and with at least two of the guards suffering symptoms from chlorine gas inhalation, Joseph Chiu re-entered the pool through the contaminated area to gather together the last of the younger swimmers, and then evacuated them safely through a non contaminated exit.  Quick thinking and selfless action.  He is to be highly commended and I am impressed by his actions.  I don’t think this was brought up before, but I thought it important he be recognized.

For plans for the pool, please see the website.

See you next year

From The Pool Deck (originally published in September 2020 Splasher)

By Kevin Ryan, VP Pool

The pool is open!  Sort of!  Between COVID requirements and smoke filled days, we are committed to make the pool available for as many of our members as possible and for as long as possible.  The new sign-up protocol “Sign-up Genius” was started in September. The ease of use and immediate results as to availability has proven to be a huge success for both members and staff.  Be kind to the many swimmers in Shadow Brook by showing some restraint when scheduling multiple slots so that more can share the limited availability.  Also, if you know you are not going to make it to your requested swim time, then cancel as early as possible to make the time slot available for others.

Effective September 28, we have modified hours being open 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, plus noon to 8 p.m. on the weekends dependent on staffing.  We also will have adult only lap swimming weekday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. as long as the number of swimmers support it.  The board will continue these hours through Sunday, November 29th, which will bring the swimming season to a close.  These schedules are subject to change, as we gather more data on pool usage.  Please check the website for current schedules.

In December, the pool will be closed and planned maintenance will be performed on the filters and valves.  This will take several days and has yet to be scheduled.  The plaster in both pools also needs attention and this will be addressed by epoxy patches, until the entire pool can be re-plastered at a later date.

That’s it from the pool deck.  Swimming is still the best form of exercise.  Schedule a lane, and come on down!   Remember to check the website for updates.