Hi Swim Families,
I want to reach out and let you know how the move to extreme risk affects our swimming pool. We are considered an indoor fitness establishment, and as such we can only have six people in the facility at any given time. This presents a little bit of a situation for us. We are not able to host family swims, water fitness classes, tot time and are limited on the private lessons. We will continue to offer lap swim by reservation only and at a limited capacity of six people. To accommodate having less programs and less amount of people in the pool, we have added additional lap swim times throughout the day. We know this does not fix or make your situation any easier and we are so sorry for that. Thank you for your continued support as you hang with us through all of these transitions.
We have been told that being in extreme risk may only last for one week. We continue to be hopeful that that is the case and early in May we can move back to offering family swims, water fitness classes and everything else.
We want you to know that your membership will not be affected. We will fully refund any pass or prolong any membership that needs to do to this added closure. We appreciate your trust while we navigate through these waters.
At the end of the day staying open for six at a time seemed a better option than closing a third time. We hope you support our decision. Please reach out at any time with questions we are happy to help.
Please remember that masks are required at the pool, up to the point of being ready to jump in. Children 3 and under are not required to wear a mask. We will meet you at the door and provide you one if you forget. If you require support on this, please email Melissa, our Director, to discuss alternatives.
The staff are just here to enforce the rules, they aren’t looking to pick a fight. We are required to enforce the rules by the Oregon Health Authority to keep our license. If we lose the license, we will be made to close, because our insurance won’t support us... you get the point. This is why some things are not open as they used to be; why parties can’t happen and numbers are restricted. We are at the mercy of OHA. We are doing the best we can.
Please spread the word and help keep all of our swimmers safe.
Melissa Georgesen, Director
Kids clumped in together, instructors working in close proximity and what you can’t see are all the parents, grandparents and siblings sitting on the deck.
We are doing our best in our new world to navigate the restrictions are requirements.
I know you are all eager to get back at it and get your kids in lessons. Believe me, so are we.
Here is the reality. We lost over half of our staff over this past year, including swimming lessons instructors. We were unable to train new people while shut down. We just re-opened.
It truly was a decision I had to make: open with limited staff, or delay opening to train and hire new staff.
The pool has limited space, so each program bumps the other to make room. To have our Aqua Zumba Water Fitness class means little to no room for a swimming lesson. The scheduling gets really creative!
I do plan to roll out Parent & Child Aquatics first- the instructor can socially distance and one parent will be in the water teaching their own child. It will be the same parent each class and we won’t be able to have family come watch (we have to count every person).
The older kids who can swim without mom or dad can have their instructor on deck teaching them. The other group is the kids who will need some hands on- those littles will need a parent to jump in and teach with our instructor. I hope you are feeling up to it! For those of you with multiple kids, we will have a plan for that.
That is just a small taste for what’s to come. Private lessons will be offered as we can fit them in as well. Hang in there, we will get these up and running as soon as possible.
We open our doors Monday, March 1st!
In order to protect our staff and patrons we will be following the guidelines from Oregon Health Authority, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Clackamas County.
Drop-ins are not allowed
Participants MUST register for ALL Programs
We ask, if you are not able to make your reserved time, please contact the Front Desk 24 hours in advance. This will allow us time to notify the next person on our waiting list. We know life gets in the way, so even if it's less than 24 hours please email us and let us know because space is limited.
Come to the pool dressed to swim; locker rooms are limited at this time. All participants will be screened prior to entering the building. Thank you for your understanding as we walk through this new process together.
What do you need to know?
Please call us and we will help you navigate the waters.(503) 759-7665 (POOL)
The, “why aren’t you open” like (insert any pool here) post.
I always feel like I am saying the same thing over and over. In the fall, we were told we could open and then the fires hit. Last week, we were told we could open and the ice hit.
I am tired.
But also, I want to take a moment to speak directly to those of you who are frustrated we are not open to swim.
This last weekend, ice formed on our system that regulates the temperature and humidity on the pool deck. Then it melted into the unit and fried the circuit panel, among other parts. Whatever temperature it is outside, it is the same inside. This is not ok and bottom line, it’s not safe for you to breathe when it’s not working properly. It’s also miserable on deck temperature wise. This week I had it inspected and I ordered parts (on rush no less) to get here next week. Fingers crossed this does the trick and we are back up by Friday.
Our staff were laid off last March, brought back in October and laid off again in November. Their employment has been a roller coaster. As I work to bring them back again, I have to make sure every thing is covered. I know this is not your issue, but I really do my best to have the best staff for our pool and take care of them first.
I plan to open on Monday, March 1. No, I am not taking any reservations until I know our pool will be ready. No, you can’t book a birthday party yet. Hang in there and watch for the post & email that gives you all that you need to know. I am not even going to ask for your patience (I know mine has run out), instead, I am just telling you how it has to be.
-New Lifeguard Course happening soon. I will post details when it’s all ready for sign ups.
-Updated Schedule getting posted this week.
-Very similar restrictions like what we had in the Fall. The guidance hasn’t changed much.
If you made it until the end of the post, thank you. I can’t talk a long time about the pool and what’s going on. Hope your family is having a good weekend after last!
Melissa Georgesen, Director
Wednesday, February 17 at 9am, (and going as long as possible) bring your family in and take a warm shower. For free. 9am- 5pm (maybe later)
No reservations. Show up and we will let you know how long the wait will be. Call first and check the wait time. Bring your stuff, let us know if you need any supplies. We will do our best to get you what you need.
I chose not to do reservations because my phone isn’t even working reliably. Sometimes the best we can do is show up and see if there is a spot. I have staff coming in to clean and supervise. We are still living in our COVID world, with real restrictions. We are not an Emergency Operations Center, and we are not setup to be a warming shelter. I am so sorry we can’t do more. We will help connect you with other services happening in town.
You will need to wear a mask when coming in. Take it off when you are in the locker room. Families will use the same locker room, we will give you as much privacy as possible.
The pool, the classroom and part of the lobby are closed. Only one family per locker room, and we will have to enforce time to get everyone clean and warm. Bring your phone chargers for when you are in the locker room; we can’t have too many folks congregating in the lobby.
Please share this post and let people know they are welcome. Please bring your water jugs and fill up for your needs at home. It isn’t much, but it’s what we can do for now. I will work on having staff each day- check here for updates.
Hang in there everyone,
Melissa Georgesen, Director
Hi Swim Family,
We just received amazing news! Clackamas County is being moved off of "Extreme Risk" and into "High Risk"! This is great news as it means we can start the re-opening process. The Board of Directors will have an Emergency Meeting next week on Tuesday night (Feb 16), so I can outline the plan to re-open. I am contacting our wonderful staff and bringing them all back. As you know, our hours and programs are solely dependent on the employee's availability to work. We haven't been able to train and hire new employees in this last shut down, so we are looking forward to doing that in the months to come.
As always, thank you for your support, kind words and your patience. I will be in touch with more information next week.
I know all of you are eager to hear what our status is in regards to reopening. While the 2 week State wide freeze ends today, new metrics have been released that prohibit our opening at this time.
The counties are now separate and are placed in categories of “extreme”, “high” and “moderate”.
When a county is in “extreme” risk, like Clackamas is, we cannot have the pool open. When our county is moved to “moderate” risk, we will be able to open!
We are waiting for our county to be placed in the “high” risk category. We anticipate opening as soon as we get the good news!
Please drop your questions below, I am happy to help answer them!
From the Director:
I am deeply saddened by the most recent mandate from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. We will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2020 for a 2 week required "freeze". Your passes will all be placed on a hold, so there will be no time loss to your membership. We will be watching the situation closely and will communicate a re-open date as soon as we know.
As a mom and member of this community, I know how hard this news is. We have been through a lot already and it seems 2020 isn't quite done yet. I encourage you to all be safe and hope you and your families stay healthy. Please reach out if you need anything.
-Family Swims on Saturday (Nov 21 & 28)
-Tot Time Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (Nov 18 thru Dec 2)
-All Water Fitness Classes (Nov 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, Dec 1 & 2)
-All Lap Swims & Swim Team Rentals
The following are classes we will be able to offer. Please note the days and times, as they have changed.
Participants must pre register online or over the phone. When you register, you will be locked into the class for the 14 class days that are offered- November 2 or 3 start date and December 22 or 23 end date.
Registration will open on Monday, October 26 at 6:00am. Please refer to our registration page, create an account or login to your account and then you will be able to select “Activity” and register for a space.
CLASS SIZES ARE RESTRICTED!
You will not be able to register friends; only family members who are on your account. SilverFit, Silver Sneakers and Healthy Contributions are honored; as are your 3 month passes. Drop ins are not allowed.
-Arthritis Tuesday & Thursday 11:00-11:45am (Cindy)
-Deep Water Tuesday & Thursday 5:15-6:00pm (Cindy)
-Aqua ZUMBA Tuesday & Thursday 6:15pm-7:00pm (Rebecca)
-Hydrocise Plus Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm-6:20pm (Jolene)
-Showers are closed (subject to change later)
-One way in to the pool and out upon departure
-Social Distancing will be enforced
-Locker rooms will be limited on space- no getting ready inside (subject to change later)
-Please wear your swimming attire and be ready to swim
-No early access to the pool area
-You will be asked to space accordingly in the pool, social distancing is required
-Masks required to enter building, in the locker room- NOT IN THE WATER.
-Back to back classes will only be allowed if space allows (deep water to ZUMBA). You will need to choose 1 class to start and then check with staff for availability. We are requesting this to make it as fair as possible to all participants.
Questions accepted! Email Melissa. Thank you!
We know you are all eager for us to open our doors for you. Here is an update, please take the time to thoroughly read it. You may email questions, concerns and inquires directly to our Director at email@example.com
Our Lifeguarding staff have not been in the water since March. Their skills are in need of work and practice. Some of their certifications have expired. We are taking the next few weeks to retrain and recertify all of our lifeguards through socially distanced training. We hope that you recognize the severity of placing an undertrained, expired guard in charge of watching the water. Our Board and Director will simply not do it. Your health and safety is our top priority. Moreover, the Clackamas County Department of Health would close our pool for doing so.
Our Front Desk staff have new protocol for welcoming you to our facility. They will be working with our registration software provider to renew their knowledge of how to sign you up online and over the phone. Again, this training will take place socially distanced.
All staff members will undergo additional training on new cleaning protocols to keep you safe while you are swimming in our space.
These trainings are scheduled to occur as soon as possible, but with our staff around 40, we had to break them out some.
Why so long you ask? Well, we were not able to meet and train until the State of Oregon gave our phase 1 County the green light to open. Then, our community faced an emergency situation with the fires and every staff member had to evacuate their home. So, we are just now picking back up.
We ask you to give us grace through this process.
Our Board of Directors will be meeting tonight, for our monthly board meeting, via Google Meet. This meeting is open to the public. All details can be found on our website. The Board and I will be discussing our reopening timeline and planned activities once we are reopen.
In the meantime, please make sure you and your family are registered on our website with an account. This will be how you reserve lap swim, water fitness classes and make payments- all online and before you enter our building.
Note: you may only create an account at this time, not register, as none of the activities are live as of yet.
Thank you for reading this through to the end.
Please email me with any questions or concerns.
Melissa Georgesen, Director
Our thoughts are with the firefighters, first responders, police, PGE personnel and all volunteers out there fighting fires and helping people evacuate in our community.
Please stay safe everyone. Our hearts are with those directly affected by the fires.
Today (September 4, 2020), the Oregon Health Authority released new guidance for the reopening of pools in Phase 1 counties! This is huge! This is us!
Now, take a breath.
The Molalla Aquatic Center does not have an opening day as of today. The Director and the Board will be working diligently to execute a safe and thoughtful opening.
Please understand we will not be open and available as we once were. Hours, programs and services will be limited. Currently the Director is working on exactly what will be offered and making sure the Molalla Aquatic District adheres to the requirements from OHA.
First and foremost, safety for our staff and our swimmers is our top priority. Please, let us do our work and we will release plans as they are approved. Comments may not be directly answered in a timely manner- staff hard at work for you.