At this present time, the centre has no plans to reopen during this phase, we will, of course, be monitoring government guidance carefully and we’re preparing for measures to be put in place when we deem it safe to open.

The health and wellbeing of our team and customers is paramount, after reviewing the guidance set out by the Government, Swim England, RLSS and RNLI, we believe that we should be remaining closed during this phase for the following reasons:

  • The message is still to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons or work if you cannot work from home, we believe opening the centre in this phase would lead to unnecessary travel to the Salford Quays area and Salford currently has one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases.
  • The water temperature is still quite low, around 14-15 degrees. Low temperatures increase the risk of cold-water shock, hypothermia and complications such as cramp. As it’s the start of the typical open water swimming season, the majority of our swimmers could be swimming for the first time in over 6 months. This means it’s more than likely the number of rescues/staff intervention during a swim or a hire session would increase. This could put unnecessary pressure on our NHS if anyone requires medical treatment.
  • It could potentially encourage new swimmers to take part, increasing the above risks, we would highly recommend only experienced swimmers to swim at this moment in time.

Please note, there is a PSPO order on the Quays water which restricts the use of the water to any form of Swimming, Watersports or access other than authorised sessions by us or other authorised organisations. If you are considering Swimming or Watersports at other locations please take into account the above and follow @SwimEngland @RNLI and @RLSS advice, beaches at present are not lifeguarded and the water is very cold.

We can’t wait to be back at the centre and we’re sure you are all itching to get back into the water, whether it be swimming, wakeboarding or paddling. We’ll continue to monitor government advice and we’ll be more than ready to get back to it once it’s safe!

Stay safe and we’ll see you soon

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