The excitement of is ramping up! Swim team practice starts this afternoon. If your children are swimming on the team, please make sure you have registered them on the swim team web site, Mites (8 and under) practice 3:45-4:30, Juniors and older (11 and older) practice 4:45-5:45, and Midgets (9-10) practice 5:45-6:45. Dive practice begins on May 28.

The Opening Night Party will be this Friday night, 7:00-11:00. We will have beer, wine, water, sodas, and a band. Come join your friends and toast another pool season. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. This party is for adult (21 and older) members only, and it is free.

The pools open at 11:AM on Saturday. Free hot dogs will be served from noon to 2:PM on Saturday, so we do ask that if you are bringing guests, please invite them to come after 1:00. If you don’t know or can’t remember your member number, the gatekeepers will have a list at the gate. Please remember to sign in every time you come, even if you are just coming for swim team practice. You do not need to sign in for swim team this week, May 20-24.

The pools will be open 11:AM-7:PM from Saturday, May 25 through Friday, May 31. On June 1, we begin regular weekend hours, Saturdays 10-8 and Sundays 11-8, except on June 9. We have a home swim meet that day, so all pools will close at 1:00. The WEEKDAY hours for May 28 to June 13 are 11:AM-in 7:PM. We will begin regular weekday hours (10:AM-9:PM) on June 14.

The guest fee is $5.00 per person. Please register your guests when you sign in at the front gate. Guests must be registered on the Guest List and must be paid for then. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring, and there is no limit to the number of visits an out-of-town guest may make. However, there is a limit to the number of visits for local guests. People who live in the Richmond area may come to Kanawha only one time each week. That means that if Grace Guest comes with Millie Member on Wednesday, she may not come back to Kanawha until the following week. She may not come with Maggie Member on the very next day.

Parents of young children, please remember that the bathroom doors are heavy, and most youngsters under the age of 6 cannot open them easily without help. Please go with your children to the bathroom.

The rules are in the front of your directory. The 2019 directories are not yet ready, but we have some 2018 ones left that you may use if you need to review the rules. Here are a few reminders of the ones that are asked about frequently. Non-swimmers are not allowed in the lap pool at all. Children who wear flotation devices must wear the ones that wrap around the body and that make the child float face up. Water wings are not allowed. Belts with the bubble on the back are not allowed. Flotation devices are not allowed in the dive well. Flotation rings are allowed only in the baby pool. Toys are allowed only in the baby pool. Non-swimmers must have a parent within an arm’s reach of them. Children over the age of 5 are not allowed in the baby pool and over the age of 8 are not allowed in the 2-foot area. Lap lanes will be available much of the time, but no one may sit or hang on the lane lines. Lap lanes are for lap swimming only. The availability of lap lanes during swim team practice on school day afternoons will depend on how crowded that swim team practice is.

Please help us keep Kanawha clean. Please throw away your trash as soon as you finish eating. Gray cans are for trash. Blue cans are for recyclables: empty plastic bottles, empty aluminum cans, and clean cardboard boxes (no pizza boxes). Glass is not allowed at Kanawha during the pool season, except for certain events and never in the pool area.

Please remember that if you want to play tennis, you must reserve a court. Go to Click on TENNIS, then click on Court Reservations. You do not need a password for this, but courts must be reserved to be used. You must wear tennis shoes and clothes on the tennis courts. It’s okay to wear bathing suits if you have clothes over them. Do not play tennis in flip flops. Food is only allowed in the tennis shelters. Do not take food onto the courts or the backboard courts.