As we cannot operate our "normal" sessions due to Covid-19 there will be three sessions per week at Wally Hall during August.
|Monday||5:30pm – 6:30pm||Led by by Jane/Val|
|Wednesday||8:30pm – 9:30pm||Led by Tom|
|Friday||8:30pm – 9:30pm||Led by Tom|
The maximum number of swimmers we can have in the pool at any one time is 24, so we will be operating a booking system on a first come first served basis. To keep things equitable, you will only be able to attend one session per week. If you find we are not filling all the spaces then may book another session but those booking their first session that week will get priority over you so you may be pushed off the list.
For the first week we will be limiting numbers to 18 as we stress test the process and ensure that the new procedures can be correctly & safely followed.This will be 3 people per lane.
Booking is via our booking website and your personal link to get access will be sent to members via the club newsletter soon. The booking system will show sessions for the next week the preceding Saturday and the booking for each session will close 2 hours before the swim start time. This is to allow the coaches to plan who will be swimming in which lanes. Please do not attend if you have not booked – you will not be permitted to swim if you are not on the list.
If the slots are oversubscribed, you will be placed on a waiting list. If you cannot attend a session you must remove yourself from the list well before the slot closing time, this will allow others to move from the waiting list into the vacated slot. You will receive an E Mail notifying you of this but we do recommend that you check the list before you head to the pool.
We will be keeping a record of anyone who has booked a slot and not attended the session. Unfortunately, will be removing any repeat offenders from the booking system.Before booking your slot you will be required to certify that you have not had any Covid Symptoms. This will be an online declaration rather than a signed form – you will be certifying. See the declaration tab for the wording that you will be agreeing to.
I confirm I am free from any symptoms related to the Covid-19 virus, I understand the main symptoms include:
I am also confirming all in my household remain symptom free, and anyone taking me to or from training and attending my training session with me is also symptom free from the virus.
By making this declaration, I confirm that for any future training sessions I will only attend in the full knowledge that I am free from any Covid-19 symptoms. In addition, but conversely, I confirm by making this declaration that if I do display any symptoms I will not attend training for a period of at least 14 days and follow government guidance to self-isolate.
I return to training knowing that my participation cannot be without risk, I am therefore aware of these risks associated with the Covid-19 virus, but still wish to participate in club training.
I understand the processes and protocols 7Oaks Tri club have put in place in order to reduce risks and I will adhere to these in order to protect my health and the health of other members, staff and other users of the facility.
You must enter via the main entrance and park at the top car park. Please ensure that you leave enough distance between you and the person you are parking next to.
From the car park you will walk down the stairs at the back of the pool, along the walkway to the usual door. There will be 2m markers along the route and you must queue until you are advised to enter the building. Swimmers must remove their shoes in the foyer, then use the hand sanitiser provided and proceed directly to the pool using the right hand door before the changing rooms, where you should place your belongings on one of the benches provided. There is one bench per person. You will leave from the same door but proceed up the stairs opposite the entrance and walk along the side of the school building to the car park.
The changing rooms will not be in use and you must arrive at the pool ready to swim. We advise you to shower before you arrive, but there will be 3 showers available for use before the session if you require. We would also advise you to shower when you get home. There will be 3 showers available after your swim, but you are not permitted to use shower gel or shampoo etc (this was an existing rule which we have been asked to adhere to). You should be prepared to towel dry at your bench and put your clothes on over your swimming costume/trunks. Shoes should be put back on in the foyer and members should leave immediately.
You are permitted to use the toilet facilities, however only one person per toilet block at one time is permitted. You must tell the coach if you have used the toilets as we will need to inform Wally Hall.
There will be a one-way system in operation. You must remain at your bench until the coach calls your name and tell you which lane you have been allocated and which end you should start from. There will be six lanes in operation.
Please see the diagram below, taken from Swim England’s Guidance document. Note that everyone will be swimming in a clockwise direction and you must always attempt to maintain appropriate social distance between yourself and another swimmer. (Our permitted numbers will be less than the diagram suggests)
Follow the coach’s directions for entry and exit to the pool.
Do not make physical contact with other participants, this includes tapping toes.
Do not overtake whilst swimming. Before pushing off at each turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching.
Please follow the directional signs and move across to the appropriate side of the lane for each length.
Coaches will publish their sets before each session and will indicate what equipment might be needed. Please ensure that this is named and clean and placed at the end of the pool that you have been directed to start from and away from another swimmer’s equipment. You must not share equipment.
Stay hydrated by bringing your own ‘pre-filled’ water bottle on to poolside during your swim. Do not allow anyone to share your water bottle.
You are permitted to stop for a rest after completing your swim set but please be mindful of any other swimmers who have not yet completed the set. Keep yourself to the edge of the lane allowing others to turn at the wall, turning head away and allowing others to maintain social distancing.
You should aim to finish each set at the end of the lane that you started from. Ensure that, while resting, you maintain a safe distance between yourself and the other swimmers in your lane. If required you may stand by/rest on the lane ropes to your left (facing the shallow end).
We are all keen to get back to our pool swimming but hope you understand that we have to follow the protocols set by Wally Hall, which themselves are in response to government requirements as well as those set out by the BTF.
Please be patient while we try to make this work as best as we can. Initially the swim sets may be more “simple” than we are used to but we are hopeful to see a quick progression to something we are more used to following. We have no intentions of introducing any club restrictions in addition what we have to have in place. See you in the pool.
Please note that pool sessions are not available at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Look at the Covid Pool swims tab for info
We offer 4 weekly structured swim sets throughout the year following a swim plan of different phases to build up endurance for events and build on technique in the off-season . Our head swim coach, Tom Macklin, has been with us for a number of years and is supported by David Truman, Val Place, Jane Wiley and Emma StJohn.
|Sunday||5:30pm-7:00pm||Sevenoaks School||1½ hour session. Swim set on Club Members Facebook group|
|Tuesday||8.00pm||Leisure Centre||1hr session. Swim set on Club Members Facebook group|
|Wednesday||8.30pm||Wally Hall||1hr session. Swim set on Club Members Facebook group|
|Friday||8.30pm||Wally Hall||1hr session. Swim set on Club Members Facebook group|
Post code for the school is TN13 3UL. Park in the school car park. The pool is at the far end of the car park at back of the school.
Post code TN13 1LW. Entrance is from Suffolk Way at end of the High Street. Park in the Leisure Centre car park for a small fee on on surrounding roads (look at the restrictions).
The post code is TN13 1HU for the Sevenoaks School Sennocke Centre complex that contains the swimming pool. Park in the main car park just a short walk to the centre.
Hi my name is Val I started off as a marathon runner In my early 20’s completing around 10 London marathons. I qualified as a fitness instructor around this time and taught spin classes and worked as a personal trainer. I first got into biathle run swim run at the age of 39 encouraged by my then 10 year old son who competed at a high level. This was where my love of competition started. I was encouraged to buy a bike ( my first triathlon was done on a mountain bike) And also get swim lessons as breaststroke wasn’t the fastest! I started competing In sprint and Olympic Distance - competing around The world in world champs and Europeans. Beijing /New Zealand /London/Turkey/Cozumel Rotterdam. I then moved on to half iron and finally 5 years ago Full ironman and 10 weeks later the Ironman World champs. Challenge Roth and other local races. I then Qualified as a BTF triathlon coach and have enjoyed passing on my experiences with racing/ training strategy’s and strength and conditioning And swim coaching. I am very enthusiastic and Encouraging and enjoy seeing Improvement and enjoyment of triathlon.