On Nov. 2, Beaufort County Parks and Recreation reopened its pool in Bluffton after having closed it on July 15 for three and a half months. While I have been fortunate enough to have used my apartment complex’s smaller pool for work on my strokes, other regulars have missed their usual aquatic exercise.
Of course, due to the coronavirus, there are rules to follow for those who wish to use the facility. Entry requires being masked and subject to a temperature check. Entry and exit are by separate doors. Locker rooms are closed to changing clothes and showering.
Other rules include:
• All who enter the facility must fill out a COVID waiver.
• Indoor pool doors and windows will be opened, as well as fans will be installed for increased circulation of air.
• Occupancy in the indoor pools will be a maximum of 36 patrons, and no more than 5 swimmers per lane.
• All visitors are required to adhere to social distancing while on the pool deck before and after swimming.
It is highly encouraged that patrons purchase and provide their own equipment. Kickboards, buoys and lifejackets may be requested when needed, but must be placed in the bin to be sanitized after use.
All patrons are encouraged to bring in a labeled bottle of water. (Water bottle are also available for purchase.) Water fountains may be used only to fill bottles, not to drink from.
While smilingly enforcing these rules, the pool staff will increase frequency of cleaning and sanitizing areas of high-traffic (i.e. restrooms). The facility will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every evening at closing.
Health and safety in these COVID times come first, but none of the rules above prevent enjoyment of swimming at the Bluffton Pool. For me, it is a delight to return to my regular swim routine. Please take advantage of this renewed opportunity to once again experience the pleasure of aquatic exercise.
Dr. Bob Colyer of Bluffton is an actively retired college professor, coach and author of “Swim Better: A Guide to Greater Efficiency for Swimmers & Instructors,” directed primarily to non-competitors. email@example.com