Hi Barracuda family! I want to thank you all for your understanding and patience during this time as we try to get the pool fixed and back in proper working order. The dectron (the big red pipes) had not been working for awhile and that is what caused all of the humidity to be in the air. That humidity took its toll on the lights, pace clock, walls, etc. The dectron and lights are now fixed and working great. Unfortunately, as you know, the heater is now not working. These are just things that happen with pools, not just our pool. Water is a force to be reckoned with – even controlled water. Thankfully the heater should be fixed on Monday.
In the meantime, some of your swimmers may have been pretty cold this week, especially the younger ones, and the ones with very little body fat. For example, Sean, my 9 year old, is totally lean and wiry and he froze on Wednesday. My oldest, Joshko, is built differently and the cold didn’t bother him after the initial jump in. (and the pool temperature SHOULD be such that it feels cold right when you get in, so that the swimmers don’t get hot while swimming). 78º-82º is what competition pools are required to be. The pool temp is currently 78º.
So for those of you with young swimmers, please feel free to not come to practice today. Maybe ask your swimmer if they want to. For the young and newer swimmers, ENJOYMENT of the sport is FAR more important than even technique, and certainly more important than one practice. If they don’t enjoy it, then they won’t want to continue. And if they are freezing to death, they definitely will not enjoy it.
We will have them race today like we always do on Fridays. They won’t be IN the water for the entire time that way and it should be better for them than it was on Wednesday or Thursday.
Thanks again for bearing with us!
See you at the (somewhat chilly) pool! =)