Florida Swimming
Level 1

SLAC Lesson Program Inclement Weather Policy:

Pool schedule disruptions due to thunderstorms are fairly common here in central Florida, especially during the summer and fall months. Storms here can be sporadic in timing and spotty in coverage so here is how we handle such weather:

  • All classes are on as scheduled unless you hear otherwise from us.
  • Whenever possible we will try to make decisions regarding cancellations at ½ hour before the scheduled start time. 
    • Some popup storms may prevent us from being able to give a full ½ hour notice. 
  • We will notify families of cancellations via email and text message.
    • We will notify you via the email addresses provided to us in your parent portal.
    • Text messaging legally requires an OPT IN. You can opt in to text messaging on your account page in the parent portal. 
  • We make use of the facility Thorguard radar and lightning prediction and warning system. A link to the facility Thorguard website is available here.
  • Please do not call us asking for weather predictions. We are swim coaches and swim instructors. We do not have an office assistant answering phone calls. Calls regarding weather will disrupt other classes or our preparations for your class. 
    • Please do not call the NTC front desk about lessons. The NTC front desk staff is not part of our staff and is not aware of our scheduling.
  • Please note a cancellation of one class on a given day does not automatically mean the next class will be canceled. Keep this in mind when arriving at the facility if the gate is not yet open after a storm.
    • We do not man the gate, the NTC lifeguard staff mans that post. They will return to the pool deck once Thorguard gives the All Clear and will then open the gate before your class is scheduled to begin. 
    • We have a 40 minute window to complete each 30 minute lesson so your lesson can start a bit late if weather causes a delay.
  • If/when we have to cancel a class, a makeup class will be available for you in the parent portal. Please allow us until the end of the lessons day to post these available makeups. 
  • Any lesson that is able to complete 20 minutes or more of instruction without weather interruption will be considered to be complete. Lessons canceled due to weather that complete less than 20 minutes instruction will be allowed a make up.

 

 COOLER WEATHER-

 

On rare days during the winter months we can find ourselves dealing with some chilly temperatures. As the NTC pool is heated, cooler weather is not typically a problem. But, we will follow these guidelines should we feel the need to alter our practice schedule.

  • During the winter months, the NTC will close the pool should the air temperature be below 40 degrees. This typically will only affect morning sessions and so cancellation notices will come the night before.
  • During the winter months, should air temperatures be sustained under 50 degrees, we may cancel SwimFit/Private Lessons. The pool water temperature will be part of this decision.
    • Those decisions will be made the day of practice at ½ hour before lesson start time following the same procedures we have for thunderstorms.
  • Pool temperatures can also cause cancellations in the fall/winter/spring. 
  • The vast majority of the year, the pool temperature will vary between 78-84 degrees thanks to the larger heaters and pool chillers. Should the temperature vary more than 2 degrees outside this range, SLAC staff may make the decision to cancel lessons. 
    • Those decisions will be made the day of practice at ½ hour before lesson start time following the same procedures we have for thunderstorms.

 OTHER WEATHER EVENTS-

 

Should hurricanes or other more severe weather disrupt our schedule, coaches will try to give at least 24-48 hours notice.