Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions enacted by the Government of Alberta, the Stettler Recreation Centre will be closed until further notice. Please stay tuned on our Facebook Page for further updates.
Lesson Structure During COVID-19
In accordance with Canadian Red Cross recommendations, Swim Preschool classes and Swim Kids levels 1-4 are currently parent-accompanied lessons. Each child is required to have a parent or caregiver (someone 16 yrs or older from the same household) in the water with them. Instructors will not be able to physically assist students. Class sizes will be limited to allow for physical distancing. It is about ability of the swimmer not the age of the swimmer. We need to keep all people safe in, on and around the water.
For levels 5 and up, the parent or caregiver (someone 16 yrs or older) will have to sign them into the Aquatic Centre. No exceptions to this rule. If a Parent or Caregiver is not able, they will not be able to enter the Aquatic Centre and will be asked to forfeit their time slot.
All Alberta Health Services (AHS) health and safety recommendations must be followed.
All facility patrons should practice proper hand hygiene while in the facility, before and after swimming. Participants are encouraged to refrain from touching their face.
If a patron does not feel well, has a fever, upset stomach, headache or a cold (runny nose, sore throat, cough, etc.) they must stay home.
It is important that while in the facility, whether as a participant or observer, that you try to maintain social distancing (2 meters minimum) and limit congregating in groups. If you are unable to maintain social distancing, AHS recommend that you wear a mask in change rooms and other dry areas. Masks are not permitted in the water, so physical distancing is very important.
If swimmers and observers do not comply with distancing protocols, swimmers or families may be asked to leave the facility immediately.
2.0 FACILITY ACCESS
Arrive at the facility no more than 5 min. prior to your pool time.
Admittance for general swims will not be granted before the scheduled swim time.
Admittance for instructed programs (swimming lessons, fitness classes, etc.) will not be granted more than 5 minutes prior to scheduled program.
Maximum of 10 spectators are allowed in the pool viewing area at any given time. Spectators MUST socially distance while in the viewing area. Wearing a mask is recommended when not able to social distance. There is NO loitering in the lobby, viewing area entrance, boot racks, or hallways.
Anyone under the age 9 years old must be under direct supervision at all times within the facility by a parent/guardian over 16 year old. This means children must be within arms-reach while in the pool or on deck, and beside their parent/guardian when in the changerooms, hallways or entrance, and seated beside their parent while in the viewing area. Staff that find children unsupervised in the building will identify the parent and said parent/guardian and child will be told to leave.
Use the hand sanitizer station set up at the entrance before entering the pool, changerooms or viewing area.
All swimmers and spectators must check in and submit to a temperature check at the admissions desk before entry.
Please limit contact with high touch-point surfaces (railings and handles) and ensure you are following appropriate hand washing and sanitization procedures at all times.
When pool session or program is complete, please exit the dressing rooms as soon as possible (no longer than 10 min) keeping to the left when walking to the exit doors.
Social distancing on entrance and exit is required.
Seating areas are marked to maintain physical distancing.
Only one user or cohort should exit or enter the hot tub at a time, to prevent crowding on the entrance ramp. Please do not loiter on the entrance ramp.
Maximum user capacity of the hot tub is 9 users. This includes users sitting in the water and/or sitting on the edge of the hot tub.
Physical distancing must be maintained in the hot tub. If at any time the hot tub is becoming crowded enough that physical distancing us unreasonable to maintain, pool staff may at their sole discretion close the hot tub for a period of time.
Water slide may be open during public and family swims at the discretion of the pool staff.
Users must maintain physical distancing on slide stairs and platforms.
If children under 9 are not able to maintain physical distancing on their own, staff may require that parents/guardians accompany their child on the slide stairs and platforms.
Exit the slide flume immediately. Do not loiter at the bottom of the slide.
3.0 DRESSING ROOMS
Participants will not be granted access to dressing rooms before scheduled swim times. Allow swimmers exiting the previous program to clear the changerooms first.
For instructed programs (swimming lessons, fitness classes, etc.) access to changerooms will be granted no more than 5 minutes prior to program.
Male and Female Dressing rooms will be limited to 10 individuals at one time. Universal/Family Dressing Room will be limited to 6 individuals at one time, or 3 cohorts.
Only certain lockers will be accessible. Maintain physical distancing at lockers area. Do not loiter in front of lockers (pick up your clothes and move a changing area)
Swimmers are not to enter the pool deck until given permission by pool staff.
Do not congregate at change room entrances or exits, or on the pool deck.
Public use pool toys and equipment will not be available for general swim sessions. Single-use exercise equipment will be available for fitness and swimming classes, and are not to be shared among users.
Swimmers may use their own personal water toys/equipment provided it is cleaned and sanitized prior to entry
Pool deck, pools, change rooms and viewing areas are to be cleared between programs. No loitering between programs will be allowed.
Please be respectful by maintaining a minimum 2 meters distance from other swimmers and pool staff.
A maximum of 10 spectators are allowed in the pool viewing area at any given time. Spectators MUST physically distance while in the arena. Wearing a mask is recommended when not able to physically distance.
Any persons displaying signs of illness will not be permitted in the viewing area.
Please use seats provided when spectating. No standing, loitering, or congregating, especially at the viewing area entrance.
Children under 9 must be seated with parents or guardians. Unattended children and their associated parent/guardian may be asked to leave the facility.
Upon conclusion of the pool session, please immediately exit the facility via main east doors, keeping to the left when exiting the pool area. If you are waiting for a participant please do so outside the facility.
6.0 CLEANING AND SANITIZING
In addition to routine facility cleaning protocols, we have increased the frequency of sanitizing commonly touched surfaces throughout the facility to every 3 hours as per AHS.
Dressing room touch points such as door handles, benches, hooks, toilets and sink areas will be sanitized after each program.
Hand sanitizer has been provided throughout the facility for patrons.
7.0 RAPID RESPONSE PLAN
If a participant or spectator becomes ill while at the pool, the following procedure will be followed:
While preparing to immediately leave the facility or event, symptomatic individuals should perform proper hand hygiene, put on a non-medical face mask, and maintain at least 2 metres distance from all others.
The individual should arrange for immediate transportation to their home/residence to begin isolation. Individuals needing to wait for transportation will be placed in an isolated room.
Once a sick individual has left the facility or event, facility staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces and areas with which the individual may have come into contact.
Scheduled Swim Programs
Once swimming pools are allowed to reopen, these are some programs that we are going to have scheduled:
Lane swim: Lanes 1 & 2 will be combined, allowing for 5 swimmers, and lanes 3 & 4 will also be combined for 5 swimmers
Active H2O: Lane 5 during lane swim (4 people max)
Active H2O: Stand alone time (25 persons max) Mon -Thurs 10:45-11:45 am
Water exercises: Instructor-lead exercises as before, but when leaving the water you will be monitored for amount of time spent in the dressing room as only 10 spots are available from 6-6:45pm.
Family Swim: Up to 45 persons max. will be allowed in the Aquatic Centre at one time. All admission rules apply
Public Swim: Up to 45 persons max will be allowed in the Aquatic Centre at one time. Swimmers that are 14 and under will need to be signed in by a caregiver on-site (no pre-signed forms from home will be allowed). No access to viewing area to watch.
After School and Saturday Lessons: Schedule will be posted soon. All levels 4 and under will require a responsible person in the water at the time of lessons with the person taking lessons.
Swim Lesson Challenges
While waiting for our lessons to resume, we want our community to continue to learn and practice their water safety skills. Pick up the Swimming Lessons Challenges Passport and practice important water safety skills with your children to help keep them safe and prepare them for when swimming lessons resume.
Orientation to water for toddlers and their parents/caregivers.
Age is the only condition for entering this level
Swimmers learn how to use floating objects for support and explore different water movements through games, songs and active water play. The parent/caregiver also learns age-specific water safety
This level is participation-based only, without formal evaluation
Orientation to water for toddlers and their parents/caregivers
Age is the only condition for entering this level
Swimmers learn, through fun games and songs, how to combine skills, how to kick with a buoyant object and how to perform basic floats, glides and kicks.
This level is participant-based only, without formal evaluation
RCSP Sea Otter
Transitional level that transfers the preschooler to the care of the instructor. All skills are assisted by the instructor
Swimmers enter this level when they are 3 years of age
Using games and activities, swimmers learn to open their eyes under water, further develop basic floats and glides, and swim 1 metre. They also learn age-appropriate water safety skills.
Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria and progress to Salamander once all criteria have been successfully completed.
Swimmers enter this level when they have successfully completed Sea Otter.
Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 2 metres, further develop basic floats and increase their distance on front and back glide. Front swim and roll-over glide are also included, and swimmers learn appropriate water safety skills such as how to jump into chest-deep water and how to use a Personal Floatation Device (PFD)
Safety skills development includes water orientation, safe entries, and exits and only swimming when an adult is present
Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria and progress to Sunfish once all criteria have been successfully completed
Swimmers enter this level when they have successfully completed Salamander.
Using games and activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 meters, increase their buoyant objects, increase their front and back glide with kick, and develop their roll-over glide, side glide and front swim. Safety skills include deep-water skills and use of a Personal Floatation Device (PDF)
Safety skills development sucjh as water orientation, safe enteries and exits and always asking for permission before going near water.
Swimmers enter this level when they have successfully completed Sunfish
Through games and other fun activities, swimmers learn to swim 5 metres on their front and back, perform a dolphin kick and begin using rythmic breathing. They also progress with kicking drills and increase their swimming distance to 10 metres.
Safety skills include jumping into deep-water and performing surface support for 10 seconds, recognizing when a swimmer needs help and using a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) in deep water.
Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria and progress to Whale once all criteria have been successfully completed.
Swimmers enter this level when they have successfully completed Crocodile.
Through fun activities, swimmers perform a front and back swim for 10 metres. Swimmers work on developing their flutter kick and perform a distance swim of 15 metres.
Safety skills include identifying safe swimming areas, jumping into deep water, swimming 5m, surface support for 20 seconds a return to safety, throwing assists and sitting dives.
Swimmers are evaluated based on performance criteria and complete the program once all criteria have been achieved. Children 5 yrs or older are ready for the appropriate level of Red Cross Swim Kids.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 1 This is an entry level for children ready to move in shallow water. This level provides an orientation to the water and the pool area and introduces floats and glides with kicks. Children build their endurance by improving distance.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 2 This level helps the child build skills in front and back swims. Children are introduced to deep water activities and proper use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). Endurance is built on flutter kicking with assisted glides.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 3 This level provides an introduction to front crawl as well as the foundation for making wise choices on where and when to swim. Diving is introduced and children will work on floats and changing direction. Endurance is achieved by building strength in flutter kick and a 15-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 4 The front crawl, back glide and shoulder roll for back crawl are further developed. Children work on kneeling dives, surface support and developing a greater sense on self-safety by understanding their own limits. Endurance is built through a 25-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 5 Back crawl is introduced, along with sculling skills and whip kick on the back. Children try stride dives and receive an introduction to safe boating skills. Endurance is developed through dolphin kick and a 50-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 6 Front and back crawl continue to be refined as the elementary backstroke is newly introduced. Children are also introduced to safety on ice, elementary rescues of others with throwing assists, treading water and the front dive. Endurance is built through a 75-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 7 Level 7 continues to build skills and endurance for front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke and introduces whip kick on the front. Children learn about airway and breathing obstructions, and participate in timed treading water for increasing endurance. Endurance is built through time treading water and a 150-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 8 Level 8 provides an introduction to the breaststroke, foot-first surface dives and rescues entries. Children learn about the dangers of open water, hypothermia, and the performance of rescue breathing on children and adults. Endurance is built on the dolphin kick an a 300-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 9 Front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke and breaststroke continue to be refined. In this level children are encouraged to try combining different strokes and kicks for fitness. They also work on head-first surface dives and standing dives and learn about wise choices, peer influences and self-rescue from ice. Endurance is built through a 400-metre swim.
SWIM KIDS LEVEL 10 Further refinement of strokes, with an introduction to butterfly and scissor kick as a warm-up/cool down stroke for fitness. Children learn about sun safety, rescue of others from the ice and head-first and feet-first surface dives. Endurance is built using dolphin kick and butterfly drills and a 500-metre swim.
Summer 2020 - Swimming Lessons Challenges Passport Available Now
Even though we can't run swimming lessons right now, we want our community to be learning and practicing their water safety skills. Pick up this Swimming Lessons Challenges Passport and practice important water safety skills with your children to help keep them safe and prepare them for when swimming lessons resume.
We are unable to offer special events such as swim parties or themed swims due to current public health restrictions. Check in again later for updates.
SRC L.I.T Program
What is the Leaders in Training (LIT) Program?
The LIT program is a hands on opportunity for youth and adults 13 years and older to become familiar with the aquatic environment. They will work alongside SRC lifeguards doing tasks such as lifeguarding skill development, cleaning, shadow guarding, slide monitor, victim simulation for lifeguard situations, public relations and assisting with swim lessons.
This program is a great for youth and young adults who are interested in becoming lifeguards or swim instructors in the future. The program is also a great way to get involved in the community.
All hours accumulated while volunteering can be used in lieu of payment for swimming programs offered here at the SRC. For more information on how to use your volunteer hours to 'pay' for courses you wish to take, CLICK HERE.