The swimming season at the Tamahere School pool will kick off this week with a social event to welcome lane swimmers.
The newly-named Tamahere Lane Swimming Club is hosting a barbecue on Friday, November 1, from 5pm to 7pm.
The evening pop-in session is to induct all lane swimmers who wish to swim over the summer, from November 18 to the end of March.
Subscriptions will be taken along with demonstrations of pool cover practices and how the lane swimming will be run in the 2019/2020 season.
There will be two categories of swimmer this summer – lane swimmers, who like to swim lengths of the pool; and community users, who like to have casual swims with family or friends.
Lane swimming membership is $220 for adults, $125 for young people under 18 years or $450 per family.
Casual swims will be $5 per person or less with a concession card at $45 for 10 swims or $65 for 20 swims.
Opening the pool to the community is an expensive business, the pool committee explains here Vela Pool – October 2019 Update from Commitee
“On top of school running costs, opening to the community for the summer holidays and weekends in Term 1 increases our running costs to over $25,000 per annum,” the committee said.
“The school usage costs of the pool are covered by school family pool levies, some minor funds from the Ministry [of Education] and monies received from a profit share arrangement with the swim school – this year – Hamilton Aquatics.
“Last year a loss had to be met by the school, and the school cannot afford to do that again so we are hoping that after all of our hard work, time discussing and action taking that this year will be more successful.”
For more information on pricing and pool use rules read the following Vela Pool – Usage and Pricing Structure – Oct 2019 pdf