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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


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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