Happy New Year to all members. Swimming sessions will reccommence their regular times from Friday 7th January.
We are very pleased to be returning fully to our previous sessions and are looking forward to welcoming everyone back. Please can you ensure that if you have not already done so, the Health screening survey and Returning to training declaration are completed and brought to the pool with you on your return to your training sessions. I is very important that these forms are completed. Please note, a declaration is required for every swimmer, so if you have two or more children, a form will need to be completed for each one.
Please also read the club’s Covid-19 documents and policies.
As the Covid rate is still very high in Wandsworth, we would ask that all swimmers wear face coverings on their return to the pool and arrive ready to swim. Parents/guardians are also requested to wear a face covering in the viewing gallery (unless medically exempt) which should remain on until leaving the leisure ceentre. Please try to maintain distancing in the gallery where possible and note that no parents will be permitted to remain on poolside during the sessions (you may, of course, bring your children to the Teaching Pool but will then be asked to go to the viewing gallery).
As from Monday, 6th September 2021, all sessions will commence as normal, ie:
Monday, 7.30 to 8.30 and 8.30 to 9.30pm (please check with your teacher on Friday, 10th September before attending either of these sessions if you have not done so previously)
Wednesday – 7pm to 8pm – We only have 2 lanes, so this session is by invite only. It may be possible to have this session from 6.30pm in the future, you will be advised accordingly.
Friday (Main Pool) – 7.30pm to 8.15pm, 8.15pm to 9pm and 9pm to 10pm
Friday (Teaching Pool) – 7.30pm to 8pm and 8pm to 8.30pm
Please do not change your regular session(s) without the approval of your teacher/coach. Can we also ask that swimmers turn up on time please, as late entry into the pool can disrupt the class. Please be on poolside ready for your session to start.
Just a reminder for the Teaching Pool swimmers – your sessions will begin on Friday, 10th September 2021. Please attend at 7.30pm for the first week, as we need to see just how many swimmers we will have. The swimmers will be able to stay in the pool for the full hour. Depending on numbers, swimmers may need to return to their 7.30pm or 8.00pm slot that they were in previously for the following weeks (you will be advised).
Please note: It is very obvious, but swimmers should not attend if they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if they test positive themselves.
We look forward to seeing you all back soon!!
BJSC will be continuing to swim on Friday evenings at Tooting Leisure Centre throughout July and August. So please come along!
We remind swimmers that they should not be bringing glass water bottles onto the poolside. Please only bring plastic water bottles to training sessions.
The club is asking all swimmers and those sitting in the gallery to continue to wear face masks when attending Tooting Leisure Centre. Swimmers may use the showers and the separate male and female changing facilities, but should arrive ready to swim and change on the poolside as previously.
BJSC will be starting swimming sessions again on the 4th of June 2021. Sessions will run under the same regime as previously.
We may be able to increase capacity, but please do not attend sessions without being invited to do so.
Although Covid-19 restrictions are being eased to allow pools to open from the 12th of April, Tooting Leisure Centre’s pool will remain closed for “essential maintenance”.
We do not have a date for returning to swimming, but will contact members as the situtation develops.
Due to the changes introduced by London’s inclusion in Tier 4 restrictions, the club will not be returning to swimming on the 8th of January as previously notified. As these restrictions are open-ended, and may yet be increased in their severity, we do not have a date for sessions to restart.
As soon as we have any further information the club will contact members.
This Friday, 11th December, will be the last swim night for 2020. We are unable to have the pool unless one of the coaches is there and, unfortunately, none of the coaches are available on Friday, 18th December (which would normally have been our “fun” night – which wouldn’t have been much fun anyway as we are not able to have everyone in the pool at the same time due to social distancing. Nor are we able to use any of the pool equipment that we usually have).
For those who do attend this Friday, please be advised that the car parking machine is now in operation and you should enter the registration number of your car. There are wipes beside the machine and hand sanitisers at the entrance and elsewhere in the centre. Please be advised that if you have already completed the health check/returning to swimming declaration, then you do not need to do so again. However, you will still need to stay away from swimming if anyone in your household has symptoms or is otherwise isolating.
We will return, as usual, on the second Friday of 2021, 8th January.
We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – stay safe everyone!
The club has received confirmation from Tooting Leisure Centre that we can return to swimming on Friday, 4th December and get in a couple of swims before Christmas. The session times will be as before at the moment, so please attend at the time you were swimming prior to the recent lockdown, ie the 20:00 or 20:50 session.
As not everyone celebrates Christmas, the leisure centre will be closed on Christmas Day (Friday, 25th December 2020) and New Years Day (Friday, 1st January 2021), so there will be no swimming sessions on these days.
If anyone still has not returned in the health check survey and returning to training declaration, please ensure you download, print and complete them, and bring them with you to the next session. Entry and exit to the leisure centre will be as before. Please remember that both parents and swimmers will need to wear a face covering upon entering the leisure centre, and if you are sitting in the gallery, where social distancing must be maintained, your face covering must remain on, covering both mouth and nose. Also, as before, do not bring anyone with you “to watch”, as it is still a requirement that only one person accompanies the swimmers (if necessary).
Kind regards and looking forward to seeing you all next week.
Swim England is asking members to sign an open letter to Prime Minister Johnson, asking the government to reconsider the closure of leisure centres and allowing swimming to continue over the next month. The organisation is also asking that members use social media and contact their MPs in order to promote this cause.
You can find more information about this campaign here:
The letter will be sent to the Prime Minister at 17:00 on Tuesday 3rd November 2020, so make sure to sign it before then.
The club has heard from Tooting Leisure Centre, and as was expected due to the current lockdown from Thursday, they will be closing on Wednesday evening. Therefore, there will be no Friday swimming sessions until further notice.
If you are currently attending the sessions, we will write to let you all know when we can get back and if you will be able to re-attend your current sessions (assuming the times are not changing again). Stay safe and let’s hope it is not too long before we are back again!