As the calendar turns toward winter, and it’s more difficult to take our fitness activities outside, Saanich’s recreation team continues finding ways to welcome you to classes, weight rooms, pools and rink.
Since late June, Saanich Parks and Recreation has gradually reopened its facilities and programs, beginning with summer camps, then adding weight rooms, swimming and other programs through summer and early fall.
A phased registration for its fall and winter programs allowed the team to monitor and adjust according to staff and public needs, and to accommodate any new public health guidelines, explains Tiana Solares, Saanich’s Senior Manager of Recreation.
“We have really been focused on reintroducing opportunities in a healthy and safe way,” Tiana says. “All steps have been taken safely and deliberately.”
Following a successful two-phase fall registration, winter program Session 1 registration begins Dec. 2 for programs being offered from January to the end of February, as well as Spring Break Camps for school-aged children.
All protocols follow Provincial Health Office guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but also support the public’s need to stay active and connected.
“As we move into the winter season it’s clear that social isolation can have a significant impact on people’s wellness,” Tiana says. “It’s really important to do what we can to continue operating the recreation centres safely.”
Safety protocols in place
Following the latest provincial order issued by the Minister of Public Safety, masks are mandatory for adults and children over 12 in all areas of Saanich Recreation and Parks facilities, except while participating in a sport or fitness activity. In addition, masks are highly encouraged for children ages two to 12 in all centres, Tiana says, noting that the Parks and Recreation team encourages everyone to stay up-to-date with the latest guidelines at Saanich.ca/Recreation and on social media.
Drop-in programming has also moved to a reservation format to limit numbers and allow for easy participant tracking.
Program leaders also continue to look for ways to program activities in ways that keep participants engaged and connected, but ultimately safe, Tiana adds.
Plan now, for registration beginning Dec. 2!
While registration for the next sessions begins Dec. 2, go to RecOnline right now to find your preferred program dates and times, and select and add classes to your account wishlist. Then on Dec. 2, you just need to move the items from your wishlist to your shopping cart and you’re done!
While people are encouraged to register online, when that’s not possible, phone-in and in-person registration is also available beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 2.
To learn more, visit saanich.ca/recreation.