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MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE SUMMER 2020!

Apply online or email Kristen McBrayer at membership@hmsrc.org

** NVSL Division 5 Swim Team**
(including Mini-Sharks developmental program)
Over 230 swimmers from ages 4 - 18


Phase Two at HMSRC Begins Monday, June 15th


HMSRC will begin its second phase of reopening on Monday, June 15th. We've chosen this date because it allows us to make a smooth transition to Phase Two with the least amount of disruption to our reservations system and our lifeguard staff.

The Board of Directors has reviewed the guidance from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County, sought clarification, consulted with our pool management company, and exchanged plans and ideas with other area pools. We've used what we've learned to make decisions about how we'll operate. We've tried to balance providing greater access to the pool with what we can manage and enforce. We may be able to adjust certain elements of this plan, but we are limited in what we can do and still comply with Phase Two guidelines.

Investigators from Fairfax County Health Department will be monitoring community swimming pools for compliance with Phase Two. The public health orders in Phase Two guidelines are enforceable via injunction or by a Class One misdemeanor charge. An injunction could lead to the closure of the Club. Obviously, we do not want the Club to be closed. Our desire is to make the pool accessible to members while we're in Phase Two.

With this in mind, we ask you to take compliance with these rules and procedures seriously. Please read and follow the rules and procedures below and comply with directions given by our lifeguards. The rules and procedures below are considered an addendum to our operating rules. The lifeguards have been instructed by the Board of Directors to inform the Board when members do not follow this guidance or the lifeguards' instructions. If necessary, the Board will take action to ensure compliance. Per our operating rules "failure to comply with any of the rules and regulations may be considered sufficient cause for immediate suspension or cancellation of any or all privileges of membership of the offending member."

You will notice that the changes from Phase One to Phase Two are incremental. Phase Two is not a return to "normal operations" of previous years. Some of what you see below carries over from Phase One and some of it includes new requirements from VDH.

Hours

  • The pool will be open for up to two hours at a time. After two hours, the pool will be closed for cleaning for 30 minutes.
  • The pool will be open during these hours:
    • Monday-Friday: 12:00-2:00, 2:30-4:30, 5:00-7:00, 7:30-8:30
    • Saturday: 10:00-12:00, 12:30-2:30; 3:00-5:00, 5:30-7:30
    • Sunday: 11:00-1:00; 1:30-3:30; 4:00-6:00; 6:30-7:30
  • When the pool closes for cleaning, all members must exit the facility. Only members with a reservation in the next session may reenter.

Reservations

  • Members must have a reservation to enter the pool.
  • Reservations may be made our website using this link.
  • Members may reserve a 60-minute block for lap swim or a 60-minute block for diving.
  • Members are allowed a maximum of two (2) reservations per day and six (6) total reservations.
  • Family members wishing to swim together should reserve two spots in the same lane.
  • If you have trouble making reservations, please contact our Webmaster.

Facility Entry

  • Members shall wear a protective face mask when inside the building.
  • Only active members with reservations will be allowed to enter the pool. No guests or absentee members will be allowed. If you have purchased guest passes and are unable to use them, guest pass credits will carry over from season to season.
  • Members shall be screened for COVID-19 symptoms during check-in prior to admission to the facility. Members have the option of using the Sparrow Occupational Health's Covid-19 Symptom Screening Tool within four hours of check-in and showing the results to the lifeguard at the check-in desk. Anyone experiencing symptoms shall not be permitted in the facility.
  • Lifeguards shall check every individual member into the pool by name using Member Splash, even if they are listed on the same membership account.
  • The restrooms will be accessible. Common areas of the Clubhouse will be closed.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available at the entrance/exit.
  • Our total capacity is limited to 30% of our normal operating capacity. This means that no more than 47 people can be in the pool enclosure at any given time.

Swimming

  • The wading pool remains closed.
  • The main pool will be open for lap swim with a maximum of two swimmers per lane.
  • Recreational swim is not permitted in Phase Two.
  • Swimmers may bring their own kickboards, fins, etc. for lap swim. No toys, floats, balls, etc. are allowed.
  • Swimmers must be able to swim laps unaccompanied, without the assistance of an instructor, parent, or family member. HMSRC is not providing Learn to Swim instruction in Phase 2.
  • Swimmers must maintain 10-foot separation even if they are in the same family. To ensure ten (10) foot social distancing between swimmers, a maximum two swimmers will be allowed in each lane.
  • Swimmers may pass one another while swimming.
  • Swimmers should use "circle swim" procedures when sharing a lane with another swimmer. Please watch this video to learn how to circle swim.
  • Lane 1 is reserved for members who wish to take a swim of not more than five minutes to cool off. The stairs are considered part of Lane 1. A maximum of two swimmers are allowed in Lane 1. Swimmers should exit Lane 1 after five minutes to allow others an opportunity to use the lane.

Diving

  • The diving board will be open for practice dives
  • The diving board is limited to one person at a time
  • After entering the water, divers should immediately exit the dive well using the ladder
  • The next diver must wait until the previous diver exits the dive well.
  • Divers waiting in line must maintain 10-foot separation from other divers
  • Recreational swimming in the diving well is prohibited. No toys, floats, balls, etc. are allowed.
  • If divers cannot comply with this guidance, the diving board and dive well may be closed at the discretion of the lifeguards

Seating

  • No furniture will be available on deck. Members wishing to sit on the pool deck are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
  • The wading pool is closed and not available for seating.
  • When sitting on the deck, members must ensure ten feet of spacing exists between persons who are not members of the same household.

The information above is how HMSRC will operate the pool for general membership during general operating hours in Phase Two. The swim team will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 11:30AM according to separate operating rules provided to swim team members via the swim team representatives. Contact the swim team representatives swim team representatives if you have questions about swim team. If you have questions about the pool procedures or rules above, please contact Pool Operations.

Posted: 2020-06-12


Opening Day Is Here!

It's Time To Reserve Your Lanes!


The pool will open tomorrow, Saturday morning May 30th, at 10:00AM. We're now ready for members to sign up for lane reservations to swim during Phase 1. As we've stated before, we will be open for lap swim only, per Virginia guidance.

You must have a reservation to swim. See below for details.

For those coming to the pool, here are some tips and what you should expect:

  • Before leaving the house, please make sure your Member Splash information is up to date and current with names, birthdates, and pictures. If your information in Member Splash is not current, it may delay your entry and the entry of those behind you.
  • Shower and use the restroom before coming to the pool. The restrooms will be open, but we recommend using the restroom before coming to the pool to maximize your time in the water.
  • Bring a full bottle of cold water to drink while you swim. The snack bar will be closed. Stay hydrated.
  • Arrive with your swimsuit on, ready to swim.
  • Please wear a mask when arriving and departing the facility. You can remove your mask once you're on the pool deck.
  • You must have a lap swim reservation to enter the pool facility. Without a reservation, you will not be admitted to the pool.
  • Only one swimmer per lane reservation is allowed to enter the facility during Phase 1. Swimmers must meet the age requirements on page 4 of HMSRC's Operating Rules and Regulations and be able to swim laps unaccompanied.
  • The following will be closed: the common areas of the clubhouse, the baby pool, the gazebo. Parents waiting on younger swimmers must wait outside the pool fence or in their vehicles.
  • Swimmers may place their water bottles, towels and other equipment at the end of their lane.
  • Swimmers will have one hour to swim. When finished swimming, swimmers should exit the facility.
  • At the end of the reservation, the lifeguards will begin cleaning the pool for the next reservations.

Ready to make your lane reservations? Here's how.

You can access the reservations page here: https://hmsrc.org/reservations.

The image below is what you will see on the reservations page. You'll need the last name of the billing contact on your Member Splash account, the user name that you use to log into your Member Splash account, and your Account ID number (which appears when you are logged into your Member Splash account).

Once you have logged on, click on the "New Reservations" button. You can then scroll through a list of available reservations. Once you've found the date and time that works for you, click on the "Create Reservations" button. A list of reservations you have created will be available on the page. You may make a maximum of two (2) lane reservations per family per day. A family may have no more than five (5) lane reservations at any one time.

This is our initial attempt to create fair opportunities for all paid members to visit the pool. Please be mindful that we have well over 330 members that might want to take a dip any given day, with a maximum capacity of 228 lane reservations per week.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the water!

Herb Carmen
President
Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club

Posted: 2020-05-29


Update on Summer 2020 Season

Fellow Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club Families,

As we approach mid-May, we wanted to share our latest information about opening the pool for the 2020 season. We're following updates and recommendations from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other organizations. We're using this information to help us plan and prepare for opening day. Last week, Governor Northam announced his phased reopening plan. The details of how to execute his plan are still being worked at the state and county levels. Before the Fairfax County Health Department approves our permit to operate the pools, they are expected to give us guidance on additional requirements and limitations to limit the spread of COVID-19.

While we await those details, we're taking steps now to prepare to safely open the pools. I'll hit the highlights up front and provide Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with more details toward the end. There's a lot we don't know yet, but we wanted to share the latest information we have so you can make an informed decision for your families.

Opening Day

If you're in the neighborhood, you may have noticed that the pools are full and the pumps are running. Everything is on track to open the pool this summer. Our current timeline, which is subject to further guidance from Fairfax County, is to open the pool after the Governor's Temporary Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 55) expires on June 10, 2020. Based on the latest guidance, Opening Day is tentatively June 11, 2020.

Club Dues

The Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club Board of Directors has pushed back the deadline for 2020 membership dues from May 15, 2020, to May 31, 2020 at 11:59PM EDT. For those who have yet to pay, we hope that the information below and in the FAQs answer several of the questions we know many of you have. Thank you to those who have already paid. If you have yet to pay your membership dues, please pay before the May 31, 2020 deadline to keep your membership in good standing and maintain access to Club facilities.

Steps to open the pool safely

We have some idea what to expect from state and local authorities. We're already working closely with our pool management company, Crystal Aquatics, to establish procedures and mitigation measures. Crystal provides management services to several clubs in the area and is in communication with the county health officials who approve community pool operations.

Here's what we can expect, at least initially:

  • The Clubhouse (the barn) will be closed to members except for check-in and to use the restrooms
  • Restrooms and deck furniture will be routinely cleaned throughout the day
  • Inside the Clubhouse, the check-in desk will have Plexiglas installed to protect lifeguards and members
  • Lifeguards will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to include masks and face shields in any indoor space and when interacting with members
  • Members will be required to wear masks entering and leaving the Clubhouse and when using the restrooms
  • The Snack Bar will be closed until further notice
  • Grills, ping pong tables, basketballs, and vending machines will not be available
  • Fewer pieces of furniture will be placed on the deck to encourage social distancing and reduce cleaning requirements

Expect strict capacity limitations

We expect to start the season with strict limitations on the number of members allowed at the pool at any given time. We're looking at different ways to limit capacity. When planning how to limit capacity, our goals are:

  • Comply with state and county guidelines
  • Make our processes simple for members to understand
  • Give all members equal opportunity to enjoy the pool
  • Avoid a massive line of members at the check-in desk
  • Avoid putting lifeguards in the uncomfortable position of asking non-compliant members to leave

There are many details to work out, but here's what you could expect:

  • The pool may be open for specific time blocks throughout the day
  • Between time blocks, the pool deck will be cleared and cleaned before other members arrive for the next block
  • Members could be required to sign up for time blocks to give all members a chance to use the pool
  • The pool will be available for members only (no guests) to give all members a chance to use the pool
  • There will be strict check-ins using our membership database when arriving at the pool to control capacity

We hope that the information above helps you understand our plans and what we're doing to prepare to promptly and safely open and operate the pool this summer. We know how much we all want to get outside, enjoy the weather, and enjoy the pool. We encourage you to read through the following FAQs for more important details. Given all the uncertainty, we expect that some of you will have additional questions. At the bottom of the FAQs, you'll see a link to a Zoom meeting I will host with Board members. Feel free to join that call. If you have specific, personal questions, I encourage you to email us.

Thank you for your membership and support of Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club. Stay safe, and I hope to see you soon.

Herb

Herb Carmen
President
Hunter Mill Swim & Racquet Club

Posted: 2020-05-11


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