Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent survey. We had over 100 responses and greatly appreciate your input into our decision-making as we try to balance health and safety risks with our desire to serve our pool community. We know that you, like we, are eager to get into the pool as the hot summer days are upon us.
With our region now in Phase 1 of re-opening, outdoor pools like Brandywine are permitted to open for lap swimming only, one person per lane during scheduled sessions. Our pool is ready to open physically, however, there are several other issues that must be resolved before we can open safely for swimming, including, but not limited to:
Lifeguards. Lifeguard training (including new COVID-19 training), travel bans, visa restrictions, and the inability to use area pools until today to complete lifeguard certification requirements have delayed the Dept. of Health certification process required for lifeguards to begin working at our pool. We have agreed to allow our pool management company to use Brandywine as a training pool to help expedite guard certification, but it will be several weeks before we have COVID-19 trained and certified lifeguards on deck.
Insurance. We are committed to doing everything possible to protect our pool members and lifeguard staff against exposure to COVID-19, but we cannot guarantee a virus-free environment. With guidance from our pool management company and Fairfax County Dept. of Health, we have adapted our safety and cleaning protocols to help protect against COVID-19 transmission. We are currently in discussions with our insurance carrier on how best to manage the liability issue should someone contract the virus on our property.
Capacity restrictions. Phase 1 limits outdoor pool capacity to one swimmer per lap lane, for a total of 6 swimmers at one time in the pool. Phase 1 is expected to last 2-4 weeks. Phase 2 is likely to expand capacity to a percentage of our maximum capacity, but Gov. Northam has not yet published any specifics. In conjunction with our pool management company, we are finalizing new operating and check in procedures to manage fair and equitable access to the pool that can be easily adjusted as needed throughout the season to accommodate revisions to state requirements on social distancing.
We will announce our opening day plans as soon as we finalize them. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we manage such a fluid situation. (No pun intended!) In the meantime, the following adjustments to our dues remain in effect:
We are also looking at the possibility of a Zoom meeting to address your questions and concerns. We will keep you posted on details. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the Board at email@example.com .
The Brandywine Snack Shack is cash only. Please bring change or $1/$5 bills.
The pool will occasionally close for a swim meet. They typically occur on a Saturday morning, a Monday evening or a Wednesday evening. These meets are listed on the
The pool will also close for thunder, lightening, or heavy rain or because of contamination of the pool water.
Learn more about Brandywine Swim Club rules and regulations.
If a full season membership isn't what you are looking for, then consider a punch pass. We have a few options to choose from.
Brandywine is a community-run pool and we can always use help. Volunteers can save BIG through rebates on their membership dues.