GUSTINE - The Gustine municipal swimming pool will open July 6 to offer a limited number of aquatic programs to West Side residents.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, programs will initially be limited to adult lap swims, children’s water Zumba and adult water Zumba.

Capacity will be strictly limited, said Tiffany Vitorino, the city’s recreation supervisor.

Vitorino said the city hopes to eventually offer swim lessons with an adult/child format.

No open swim sessions are currently scheduled.

She said that while the city is limited in what it can offer at the pool, an effort was made to provide aquatic opportunities for a variety of age groups.

Each of the three programs will start with a two-week session that is a trial run of sorts for the aquatic center, Vitorino explained. Fees for the initial sessions are discounted.

Registration will be online only through the city’s website, she said, and is now open.

“We are trying to do as much online registration as possible. No cash will be accepted at the facility, and no snack bar will be available,” Vitorino noted.

Capacity is also strictly limited in order to maintain social distance requirements.

The adult lap swim program, which meets Monday through Thursday with one-hour sessions at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., is limited to three participants per session. Fee for the first two-week session is $20.

Adult water Zumba, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m., is limited to 20 participants. Fee is $25 for the initial two-week session.

Children’s water Zumba for ages 10-17 meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. Space is limited to 15 participants. Fee is $25 for the initial two-week session.

New members are not allowed to join a group once a two-week session has started, Vitorino said, and drop-ins are not allowed. 

The structured nature of the programs allows for social distance guidelines to be maintained, she explained.

She hopes to be able to offer swim lessons as well at some point this summer.

One challenge, Vitorino explained, is that training is not currently available to new lifeguards.

Returning lifeguards will staff the planned programs.

“We are going to be interviewing (for more lifeguards). As soon as they open up the training then we will get them trained and hopefully we can open it up a little more,” Vitorino said.

Those registering for the aquatic programs will receive an email explaining guidelines and restrictions.

Vitorino said sanitizing stations will be in place. Each participant must complete an online health screening assessment prior to each individual session. Face coverings will be required when entering the facility (but not in the pool). No guests will be allowed.

“It is going to look a lot different,” Vitorino said of the pool operations.

Vitorino said that a waiting list will be established if registration exceeds the capacity of the programs. Those on the waiting list will be given the first options to register for the following session.