Swimmers enjoying time in the pool again

A coach teaching his students how to kick underwater during an evening session.

FROM freestyle to breaststrokes and even the challenging butterfly stroke, swimmers are once again enjoying their favourite activity at the reopened public pools in Penang.

MBPP Relau Sports Complex in Bayan Lepas, like many leisure spots, now allows the fully vaccinated with low-risk status on their MySejahtera app to enter.

The complex, which reopened its swimming pools in late August, practises strict standard operating procedures.

Swimming pool manager Victor Fong said both adults and kids are allowed to use the swimming pools.

“We allow 50 swimmers at one time. Kids can swim as long as their parents have completed their vaccination doses and have a low- risk status.

“Usually, we have six to seven children and a few adults attending our swimming lessons in the evenings, accompanied by three coaches.

“The children are from nine to 12 years old.

“The sports complex receives an average of 20 to 30 swimmers in the pool on weekends and fewer than 20 people on weekdays.

“We do not open the shower room but the changing room is open with only one person per cubicle, which includes the children,” he said.

To ensure safety, all staff members including the security guards, coaches and office staff must undergo Covid-19 screening every two weeks.

“We clean and sanitise the surroundings, toilets and pools every day,” he added.

Relau Sports Complex swimming pool is open from 7am to 10am, and from 4pm to 9pm.

Those who wish to swim are required to make appointments by contacting Fong at 016-465 9190 or Yeoh at 012-510 5997.

Several outdoor sports activities in Penang are now allowed after the state entered Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan on Aug 23.

That includes jogging, swimming, solo kayaking, taichi, cycling, hiking, skateboarding, badminton (singles) and golf.

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