Minnetonka Aquatics: Aquatics Update

 

Minnetonka Aquatics Community,

 

I want to update the Aquatics Community on the great work that is being done in the pool.  During the December pause our Aquatics Staff actively engaged their swimmers through various online workouts, meetings, and activities.   Since the pause ended on January 4th the Minnetonka Aquatic staff has been working hard to restore programming and services to our aquatics community, and has done so quite successfully and safely.  The staff was able to transition quickly to our current model of full programming.   Below are some updates from each department and other news from Aquatics.    

 

Learn to Swim and Recreational Swimming:   We enthusiastically welcomed swimmers and divers back to the pool for our winter session in January. Presently we are operating with a new winter 2021 roadmap, to view that roadmap click HERE Our Spring 2021 session will begin in April. We are waiting for news on any new executive orders before posting our Spring session registration. To stay up to date with upcoming session information click HERE. 

 

Learn to Swim and Recreational Swimming Transition :  We want to thank Aimee Sinkler for her years of service to Minnetonka Aquatics.  Those that know Aimee, know she is one of a kind.  Gwen Bowdish is serving as our interim coordinator and Aimee will continue to work with us part time throughout the month of February.

 

Swim Club :   Minnetonka Swim Club is excited to be back in the water and competing again. With just over 260 athletes, we continue to climb back up the ranks: 4th in Minnesota, 29th in the Central Zone, and 150th Nationally. We have had 5 meets in the last 3 weeks.  We have just 2 meets left in the regular season before gearing up for a new/Covid take on the championship meet season.  Registration and tryouts for the Long Course season are open as we look ahead to a brighter and hopefully more normal future. 

 

Masters :  Since the Jan. 4th reopening, Minnetonka Masters has been holding practices bright and early, six mornings a week.  We average 2 to 3 swimmers per lane at every practice (9 per week), so all Minnetonka Masters swimmers are able to participate in challenging workouts while following COVID safety protocols both in and out of the water.  Our membership has grown steadily since June, as we have welcomed several new swimmers each month.  We are currently the 3rd largest Masters team in Minnesota.

 

Lifeguard Services:   Preparations are in process for a full summer of service to area beaches.  Contractual agreements have been completed and we are getting prepared for a summer of service. 

 

Social Media:   A reminder, families can follow aquatics on a variety of sites; FacebookWebsite, and Instagram.

 

Aquatics Director Search:   Human resources has been diligently conducting surveys, focus groups, reference checks, and a nation-wide search.  Interviews have been on going and we hope to have a new Aquatics Director hired shortly.  

 

Travel:   Please note we are still working on what travel is allowable and what travel not, given the pandemic.  Please be patient as we work though these parameters in relation to some traditional end of season meets. 

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we transition through leadership.  Our Aquatics staff continues to provide outstanding programming and opportunities for the Aquatics Community.  I am thankful we are safely back in the pool and our staff continues to rise to the challenge of our current situation while providing top-notch programming.  If I can be of assistance, please reach out. 

 

Sincerely,

               

Ted Schultz

Interim Aquatics Director

Activities Director

Minnetonka High School

952-401-5901

“I lead with respect and integrity to help students, staff, and community achieve the high expectation for student success.”