• Pool opening advocacy
  • Open Water Swimming
  • Wetsuits and Safety Gear
  • Masters Swimmer Looking for a Home

Pool Opening Advocacy

Five Principles For Every Situation

Even though the protocols for adhering to the Five Principles above are now defined for indoor and outdoor pool re-opening, the only municipalities in MetroVancouver to publish dates for opening are Langley and Vancouver outdoor pools and beaches. North Shore public recreation organizations have rightly endorsed a safe and slow approach to re-opening with hints that some programs may not be financially viable to resume at all. The closures, so far, represent an estimated missed 300,000 pool visits across the North Shore. Here is a link to an article in the North Shore Daily Post (formerly The Global Canadian newspaper) written by North Shore Masters to encourage an urgent reopening of North Shore Pools. Thanks Dean, Paul and Khosro for your contributions. This what the new normal might look like when the pools open:

Open Water Swimming

Safe swimming options are looking up in Vancouver this week with the planned openings of Vancouver’s outdoor pools and beaches in July. For many North Shore swimmers, open water swimming still may be the only option for this summer. On the North Shore, swimmers have recommended Batchelor Bay, Panorama Park, Lions Bay, Ambleside, Sandy Cove, and Strathcona Lookout. People seem to migrating to Sasamat Lake, Batchelor Bay and Deep Cove for their swims. Here is an article on swimming areas around MetroVancouver that you might find useful For now, there are no life guards on duty at any of the beaches and lakes. To assure safety, each swimmer will need to make his or her own safety arrangements. Here is a link to the Vancouver Open Water Swim Association Safety Advice page.

Wetsuits and Safety Gear

Team Aquatics Supplies is offering wetsuits and safety gear. Contact Santi for pricing and sizing information. Mention that you are with North Shore Masters for better pricing (e.g $260 for AquaSphere Pursuit).

Masters Swimmer Looking for a New Home

David Barnum, a North Vancouver teacher, also working at SFU, is looking for one or two bedroom rental accommodation; starting July or August. I am also interested in house-sitting, a basement suite and/or maintenance as part of the rental agreement. I am now on a permanent contact so looking longer-term, if suitable for you.

About David:

  • 58, male with many cooking skills and adept at small home repairs
  • Excellent references
  • No pets
  • Non-smoker who swims, runs and cycles

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