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WEATHER/ LIGHTNING PROTOCOLS FOR PRACTICES

Hi SA Family!

 

With Springtime in full swing, and summer fast approaching, weather delays and some cancellations will begin to pop up.  Here are a few fast facts about our weather protocols and how they affect practices:

 

Our staff uses a City weather alert system that notifies via text us anytime lightning strikes in a dangerous proximity to the pool.  Anytime a lightning strike occurs in that "warning" range, we are required to clear the pool and deck area for a minimum of 30 minutes.

 

We are able to return to the pool deck and resume practices when 30 minutes have passed since the last lightning strike occurred in that warning area.

 

We attempt to communicate to families via Remind text messages (more info on how to receive our texts can be found HERE), often giving the countdown as to how many minutes we anticipate until we get an "All Clear".  When we have to cancel, we try to send out a text messge to our families as soon as possible.

 

Weather in Florida, of course, is inherently unpredictable.  Before you leave for swim practice, it's always a good idea to check the weather and look at the radar.  Often times, your guess is as good as ours as to whether practices will be delayed or cancelled. 

 

Please know---we hate missing practice as much as you do.  However, safety will always come first for our swimmers and their families that visit our facility.  It can get frustrating seeing what appears to be sunny skies and being told that we're out for lightning.  But, we are completely at the mercy of these radar lightning warnings.

 

Finally, there are dozens of radar and lightning apps that people have loaded onto their phones.  We can only go by our lightning detection resource; so, even if your app shows no lightning in the area, if the City's system does, we're out a minimum of 30 minutes, usually longer, depending on how the storm is moving.  

 

Thanks for your patience and understanding on these wet-weather days, and thanks as always for your support of what we do!

 

Tony Ackerson

Head Coach/ SR Coach

Seminole Aquatics