Getting back in the Pool at ISL!
We are delighted that the Pool is back in action at ISL! For the first three weeks of operation, we will be offering the following sessions:
A Slow, Medium and Fast lane is available with a maximum of ten swimmers in a lane. Please try to choose a lane that is appropriate to your level of swimming ability and speed, as it will not be possible to change lanes if the session is full. The cost fis £4 for adults and £2 Concessions. These sessions are for Over 16s.
There will be five ‘pods’ in the Pool – two for families with pre-school children and shallower water depth, and three ‘pods’ for families with older children. There must be a minimum of one adult and one child in each booking. The cost is £7.50 per session up to a maximum of two adults and four children from the same household. The Concession rate will be £3.75.
Swim Western Isles sessions
Two sessions per week will be allocated to the local Swimming Club
Island Games Development Squad
Two sessions per week will be allocated to the Island Games Development Squad, training our talented swimmers looking at Island Games representation in the future.
Pool - what to expect on your visit
Before You Arrive
Please arrive for your swim pre-showered and ‘beach ready’ with your swimwear on, ready to go.
Please bring the minimum of belongings with you and if you do need to use a locker, you will notice that we have removed a number of keys to help maintain social distancing. We would encourage customers not to bring valuables with them and leave belongings in the cubicle where possible.
Please follow our queuing system outside and maintain social distancing.
Please confirm your booking with staff at Reception – this will help us support the ‘Test and Protect' system. Remember at this stage, a Family Swim session is for members of the same household, living at the same address.
There will be one Male and one Female toilet available – these will be the ones nearest the entrance to the Pool
Once in the Changing Village you will be directed to cubicles depending on your lane choice – Slow, Medium or Fast. There will also be signage to help.
If you are lane swimming, there will be clearly marked signs indicating the lane which you will have booked – Slow, Medium or Fast. Please stick to this lane. However, it may be beneficial for customers to move lanes during the session to maximise the enjoyment of all swimmers, but only if space allows. Please work with the Lifeguards and follow their guidance.
Once changed, make your way to the Pool and the designated lane.
There will be Lane Etiquette signs clearly displayed in each cubicle. Please follow this guidance to help everyone get the most out of their swim.
If you have booked a family swim, there will be five sections in the pool – two for families with pre-school children and three for families with older children. Please follow the Lifeguards' instructions and they will show you which area of the pool is yours! We won't be able to loan armbands and goggles as normal but we will have a limited stock for sale.
Lifeguards will be present as usual but we would be grateful if you would respect their space and maintain social distancing at all times. They will follow nationally agreed protocols should an incident occur, or first aid be required.
To help maximise pool use, the Women Only and Men Only sessions will not take place at Phase 3 of The Scottish Government Roadmap.
After Your Swim
Lifeguards will let you know when the session is ending. There will only be a very brief ‘rinse’ shower available and where possible, we would be grateful if customers could shower at home to prevent delays. If we are not able to move customers through the Changing Village promptly, we may have to reduce the session time in order to allow staff to complete their cleaning protocols. We don’t want this to happen obviously!
COVID-19 Lane Swimming Etiquette
To ensure that everyone gets the maximum enjoyment out of their lane swimming session, please help everyone by following these guidelines:
- Please follow the Lifeguards’ instructions for entering and exiting the pool.
- Only swim in the lane you have booked.
- Swim in single file, and in the direction shown by the sign.
- Please DO NOT OVERTAKE other swimmers.
- Before pushing off please check to see if a faster swimmer is approaching the wall. Let them pass by moving to the corner of the lane and turning your head away.
- If you are continually being passed please consider choosing a different lane next time you book.
- DO NOT CHANGE LANES without talking to a Lifeguard first. It may not be possible to accommodate you in another lane during your booked time slot if the session is full.
- If you bring your own equipment please rinse it after use in the chlorinated pool water.
- Please refrain from swimming Back Stroke and Butterfly.
- If you need to rest please move to a corner of the lane.
- Please maintain social distancing at all times, and keep conversation to a minimum.
- Any questions or problems, please ask a Lifeguard.