The Inconnu Swim Club made a splash, literally, when they jumped back into the North Peace Leisure Pool last week for the first time since March. The pool reopened on September 19, with practices beginning September 21.
In some ways, practices look exactly the same, and in others, they are incredibly different. Swimmers were listining intently to new coach Josh Sorensen as he guided them through different strokes and distances, swimming length after length. However, that's about where the familiarities ended.
Lanes are twice as wide, to allow for social distancing, with seven swimmers at a time in each double lane, instead of seven each for the smaller langes. There is no free swim taking place while the Inconnu is in the pool. which creates a much more calm and quiet atmosphere not normally found in pools.
"It's kind of nice that there's nobody else in here, but it's weird. Practices are quieter and there are different protocols to follow, but we're making the most of it," said Cam Louie.
For Louie and most of the other swimmers, the six months out of the pool is the longest they've been away from the sport.
"Our offseason is usually just a month or two. Me and my brothers were able to swim in my grandparents pool but it's not anything close to a 25 metre one," Louie said.
Also noticeable are the individual tent-like changing areas, where swimmers are required to change at, in place of the normal locker room.
Though some thigns are different, the act of swimming hasn't changed, and Louie is determined to stay in shape and do what he can get better regardless of when competitions can resume. The club is expecting to hold time trials to track swimmers' progress throughout the season.
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