Pool Closure 8/21 Due to Air Quality

Hello swimmers,

Sadly, the pool is closed for the day due to air quality. The AQI is now over 150ppm. We are making this decision based on the health and safety of our guards and you, our patrons. 

We have installed a PurpleAir air quality sensor at the pool and will be using that to make our decisions about closing. You can see it over on the sidebar of this website (only visible on mobile if you turn your phone to landscape orientation).

We will be making the call about whether or not we will be open for early lap swim tomorrow at 9pm tonight and will send out another email and update the website. 

Thank you all for being flexible and know that this decision is made with the health and safety of all of us in mind. 

Thank you, 

Chris 

August 21st — Whats Happening at the Pool

Hello swimmers,

As you are probably seeing as you look outside, smoke season has begun. Hopefully it passes soon, but I have a feeling this is going to be an off and on again problem until closing for us. As we make our way through the last few weeks of our season, I want to remind everyone of how we will be making decisions about closing due to smoke.

If the AQI enters into the upper range of unhealthy for sensitive groups, we will begin to consider closing pool operations. That means as it enters into the 140’s we will begin to consider closing based on who is available to work. If the AQI goes above 150, pushing us into the “unhealthy for all” we will close pool operations. 

If we have to close, we will likely be closed for the remainder of the day. There may be exceptions to this, and reopening may happen. Reopening on the same day in which we close will depend upon the air quality and the availability and ability of our staff to find transportation back to the pool. 

As we move forward, if bad air quality is predicted, we will be making proactive decisions based on this schedule as much as we can:

Early Morning Lap Swim: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 9pm (the previous night)

Aerobics & Water Polo: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 7am

Swim Lessons: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 9am

Opening at 1pm: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 12pm

If the air quality takes a quick turn and pushes above 150, we will be closing immediately.

We now have a PurpleAir quality sensor at the pool so we will be using the readings from our sensor to make our decisions. Those readings are uploaded to our website wedgwoodpool.com (found on the right side just below the calendar). The readings are also uploaded to the “Air Quality” app, using the PurpleAir AQI tab in the app (found on the bottom of the screen). You can see our dot right next to the pool on the map there. Readings are uploaded every 10 minutes.

Our staff and your health and safety are at the center of our decisions to closed due to poor air quality. Thank you for being flexible and understanding as we deal with this changing environment we find ourselves in.

Now for some more uplifting information about our pool, the great community it is and the fun things we get to do here.

Water aerobics: One more week to get your movement in with our wonderful instructors. They have enjoyed it as much as you all have! The schedule this week goes like this:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM

Tuesday and Thursday – 12:05 PM – 12:50 PM

Swim-A-Thon Raising Money for No More Under:

Still time to sign up! If you have a friend who would like to support the cause, feel free to invite them to join us in raising money and swimming for No More Under. Share this flyer with them so they can participate in whatever capacity they might like!

Labor Day Games: Labor Day Games will be running from 2:00 – 4:00 PM with the Annual ping pong tournament back in action! Come down and celebrate the end of summer season at Wedgwood and the beginning of the school year with us.

Water Polo: We will be hosting two more nights of games this summer. Thursday 8/24 we will be hosting games against Blue Ridge with the deep end closing at 4:30pm (shallow end stays open until 9pm)

We will also be hosting the league championships on Thursday 8/31. This will be a fun afternoon/evening of top notch water polo being played by the top teams in the league. We will be closing the deep end at 3:30pm on 8/31 to accommodate all of the games that will be played.

Applications for Summer 2024 Season Now Posted!

I know it is still this summer, but it is time to start looking ahead to next summer! We are looking to add a group of new guards to our wonderful staff for next summer. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please follow the instructions below to find the application.

Click this Link:

2024 Wedgwood Lifeguard/Swim Instructor Application

-OR-

Go to wedgwwoodpool.com

Click the ‘jobs’ tab on our website to find the application

Fill out the application and submit

The application is due on December, 1st 2023

The application window is open now so turn it in at any time before then. We will be conducting a few interviews before the end of this summer season, and another round in December. Hiring decisions will be made in the spring. ***There is NO preferential hiring based on when you turn in your application or when your interview is*** Please take your time with these applications, an application that shows us who you are is more important than speediness.

Wedgwood truly is a special community and a great place to work so share this around to those who might be interested. We are looking forward to reading your applications!

Pool Hours For The Week Of August 21st – August 27th

Monday August 21st

         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim

         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics

         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Tuesday August 22nd

         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim

         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics

         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Wednesday August 23rd

         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim

         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics

         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Thursday August 24th

         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim

         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics

         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Open Swim (Deep end closes for water polo)

         4:30 PM – 9:00 PM Shallow end only

Friday August 25th

         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim

         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics

         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Saturday August 26th

         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim

         12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Sunday August 27th

         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim

         12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim

Happy Swimming!

Pool will remain closed for the rest of the day 8/20

Hi swimmers,

It is now 4:45pm and conditions have not improved. AQI has stayed consistent around 190PPM. We are going to remain closed for the rest of today 8/20.

Tonight at 9pm we are going to make a decision about early morning lap swim for tomorrow.

We will be making the decision tonight so our lifeguards do not have to go to sleep not knowing if they will need to be in to open the pool in the morning.

Looking ahead to tomorrow:

Aerobics & Water Polo: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 7am

Swim Lessons: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 9am

Opening at 1pm: Email communication with decision will be made and sent out at 12pm

Pool Closed Due To Air Quality 8/20 12:30 PM

Hello swimmers,

The pool is closed due to poor air quality 8/20 at 12:30 PM. The AQI has been above 150ppm for the past hour. We are making this decision based on the health and safety of our guards and you, our patrons. 

We will be checking the air quality again at 5pm to decide if we can reopen for the evening. It is unlikely we will be able to reopen as forecasts show it staying around this level for the rest of the day. 

We have installed a PurpleAir air quality sensor at the pool and will be using that to make our decisions about closing. The most current readings are posted on the website wedgwoodpool.com so you can check there. You can also download the app “air quality reader” which is what our sensor is uploading to. On the app we will be using the PurpleAir AQI tab (found on the bottom of the screen). 

We will be updating the website and Facebook with a decision about opening or staying closed at 5pm today. 

Thank you all for being flexible and know that this decision is made with the health and safety of all of us in mind. 

Thank you, 

Mike 

August 14th — Whats Happening At The Pool

Hello swimmers,
 
Mid August – less than a month left to enjoy these hot late summer days at the pool! Looking ahead at the forecast this week, it looks like it is going to be a heater so I am expecting so see many of you coming down for a swim. If you are planning to bring a large group (more than 6) feel free to give us a call at least a day ahead so we can schedule a party for you. This will allow you to bring your guests without using your guest passes (they will still cost $7.50 per guest). By doing this not only will you will save those guest passes, but you will also be helping the staff out by allowing us to plan ahead with scheduling extra guards if we know we are going to have a busy couple of hours at the pool. See you down at the pool and keep reading for some fun stuff to plan ahead for.  
 
Water Show: Coming in hot this week! Saturday night at sundown is when the show begins. We will be closing the pool down at 7:00 PM to get all set up for the big night. Come down for a night of music and dancing put on by your staff and their talented and brave dance squads! **also remember we will be closing at 7:00 PM on Friday 8/18 for the dress rehearsal**
 
Swim-A-Thon And Labor Day Games: Join us on Labor Day for a morning of fund raising for No More Under.  No More Under is a local non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through water safety education, legislation, and increasing equitable access to swimming lessons and tools.
 
Click Here to sign up to swim laps or volunteer 
 
The schedule for the Swim-A-Thon will be as follows:

  • 12 & Under (8:40AM -9:40AM)
  • 13-18 years (9:50AM-10:50AM)
  • Adults (11:00AM-12:00PM)

Labor Day Games will be running from 2:00 – 4:00 PM with the Annual ping pong tournament back in action. More information about the games you can compete in and sign ups for the tournament coming soon.
Dessert Potluck: Come join the senior pool members on the upper deck Tuesday, August 29th 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Bring and appetizer or dessert to share or just drop by for a gathering of familiar faces, hearty laughs and summer memories of yore.

 

Outdoor Showers: As per our health department inspection last week, we can no longer use soap at the outdoor showers. I know this has become a favorite spot for those soapy showers for many of you, but to comply with health codes, we are no longer able to do so. Please continue to use them for your pre swim showers and for your post swim showers to rinse off, but keep the soap in the locker rooms please.
 
 
Lat day of Early Morning Lap Swim: Will be Friday September 1st
Last Day of Water Aerobics: Will be Friday August 25th
 
Pool Hours For The Week of August 14th – August 20th
 
Monday, August 14th  
         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics
         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Tuesday, August 15th
         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
         1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Open Swim (deep end closes at 4:30 PM for water polo)
         4:30 PM – 9:00 PM Shallow End Only Open Swim
 
Wednesday, August 16th
         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics
         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Thursday, August 17th
         6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
         1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Friday, August 18th
6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
         8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Water Aerobics
         12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
         1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Open Swim (Closing Early For Water Show Dress Rehearsal)
         7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Water Show Dress Rehearsal (NO Open Swim)
 
Saturday, August 19th
         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim
         12:00 PM – 7:00 PM Open Swim (Closing Early For Water Show)
         Sundown – Water Show Begins!
 
Sunday, August 20th
         11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim
         12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Happy Swimming,
Mike

August 7th – Whats Happening At The Pool…

Hello Swimmers,
 
Some exciting news and opportunities for you in this week’s newsletter.
 
Wedgwood is hosting a swim-a-thon on September 4th (Labor Day) from 8:30AM-12:00 PM to support our non-profit partner, No More Under. They are a local non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through water safety education, legislation, and increasing equitable access to swimming lessons and tools. No More Under’s founder lost her son, Yori, to a drowning accident in 2018. This tragic and preventable death is one which too many families endure. Through her journey of grief, she created No More Under to ensure other families do not endure a similar tragedy.
No More Under builds free, equitable, learn-to-swim programs. This year they’ve already supported 200 children through lessons, but they have over 800 families on their waitlists desperate for swimming lessons.
How can you get involved?

  1. Sign up to swim laps
  2. Volunteer to be a counter during the Swim-A-Thon
  3. Make a donation

Click Here to sign up to swim laps or volunteer 
Swimmers are encouraged to make a donation (flat donations – NOT per lap) or ask others to donate on their behalf. Donations can be made to “honor” a swimmer on the website. Different age groups will have different start times. 

  • 12 & Under (8:40AM -9:40AM)
  • 13-18 years (9:50AM-10:50AM)
  • Adults (11:00AM-12:00PM)

We will be following circle swimming rules and have speed signs so that swimmers can select an appropriate lane. 
 
We need volunteers to help count laps for the swimmers participating in the Swim-A-Thon.  You will sit at the end of the lane and be responsible for tallying the laps of all swimmers in your lane.
 
Click Here to donate to No More Under 
 
100% of the donations will support under-resourced families in learning how to swim!!


Along with the Swim-A-Thon, Wedgwood will be partnering with No More Under to provide a week of intensive learn-to-swim lessons during the last week of August. As part our preparation for these lessons, No More Under will be leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainings for our staff to highlight the importance of these dimensions in aquatics and access to water safety skills and practice.
 
Water Show: If you are signed up, you should be receiving emails from your team leader about practice times. Keep your eye out for that communication. And for everyone else, don’t forget to come watch the show on Saturday, August 19th starting when the sun goes down! (Dress rehearsal on Friday, August 18th starting around 7:30)
 
Water Polo: The season has begun! Practices for 12 and under are Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM. Practices for 13 and up are Monday – Friday 8:00 AM -9:00 AM. Games start this week and we will be hosting on Thursday, August 10th ***Deep end closing at 4:30 pm on 8/10*** (shallow end will remain open until 9:00 PM) It is not too late to sign up, or to convince a friend to sign up. We are taking both members and non-members! If you are interested or have any questions, please email wedgwoodwaterpolo@gmail.com
 
Labor Day Games: We will be bringing back some old favorites on Labor Day this year! From 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th we will be putting on a few games in and around the pool. So, save the date and come down to have one last day of games at the pool before we close for the season the following week on September 10th. 

Wedgwood Bag Tags for sale in the office for $3 (card or check only)
 
 

 
Last day of Water Aerobics will be August 25th so get in to as many classes as you can before then!
 
Pool Hours August 7th – August 13th
 
Monday August 7th
            6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
            8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Water Aerobics
            12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics          
            1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim         
 
Tuesday August 8th
            6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
            12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
            1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Wednesday August 9th
            6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
            8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Water Aerobics
            12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
            1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
           
Thursday August 10th
            6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
            12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
            1:00 PM – 4:30 PM Open Swim ***Deep End Closing Early For Polo Games***
            4:30 PM – 9:00 PM Shallow End Open Swim ***No Lap Lanes After 4:30 PM***
 
Friday August 11th
            6:00 AM – 8:00 AM Early Morning Lap Swim
            8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Water Aerobics
            12:05 PM – 12:50 PM Water Aerobics
            1:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
           
Saturday August 12th
            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim
            12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
           
Sunday August 13th
            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Adult Lap Swim
            12:00 PM – 9:00 PM Open Swim
 
Future dates to plan ahead for:
8/10 Deep end closing at 4:30 for Water Polo (only shallow end will be open 4:30 PM -9:00 PM)
8/15 Deep end closing at 4:30 for Water Polo (only shallow end will be open 4:30 PM -9:00 PM)
8/18 Closing at 7:00 PM for Water Show Dress Rehearsal
8/19 Closing at 7:00 PM for Water Show
8/24 Deep end closing at 4:30 for Water Polo (only shallow end will be open 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
8/25 Last day of Water Aerobics 
9/4 Labor Day games 2-4 PM
9/10 Last Day of The Season
 
And finally, take a look at our wonderful staff in their costumes for the road rally this year. The theme was Children’s Literature and they nailed it!
 
   

    

Happy Swimming
Mike