Swimming lessons at the pool will begin in September. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Swimming lessons at the pool will begin in September. Ronan O’Doherty photo

City of Quesnel sets fall swim schedule

Quesnel swimming lessons will be socially distanced with increased parental involvement

Budding swimmers are nearly ready to jump back into the pool, albeit with some changes due to COVID-19.

Sign ups for swimming lessons and first aid programs at the Quesnel Recreation Centre are active.

Angele Nutley is the aquatics program director for the city of Quesnel. She said every program is running, but with fewer slots.

“Everything seems to be going well, it’s a little slower than we’re accustomed to,” Nutley said. “We’re very cautious. We were clean before – I changed the entire maintenance schedule because we’ve had to up our cleaning that much more.”

A complete schedule of programs is available inside the recently released Fall/Winter Activity Guide.

“I didn’t find it stressful at all,” Nutley said of constructing the schedule during a pandemic. “It sounds silly, but I found it quite structured. I realize that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but from a programmer’s perspective, structure works really well.”

Red Cross guidelines mean more programs are ‘parented’, as instructors are only allowed within six feet to rescue a student.

“If something should happen with the child in the water with a parent, and we have to jump in, there is no barrier, we are going to go in and rescue that person,” Nutley said. “But the instructors will be teaching from the pool deck or six feet away.”

READ MORE: Quesnel swimming pool reopens to public with COVID-19 safety measures in place

The Activity guide also outlines schedules for skating rinks, including public skating.

The full guide can be found on the city of Quesnel’s website.

To register for a program, visit www.quesnel.ca/register.

READ MORE: City of Quesnel plans staggered approach to reopening West Fraser Centre arenas

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