Each winter the club runs pool sessions in the competition pool at the Inverness Aquadome on Friday nights from October until March. This gives members the chance to learn new skills, consolidate existing skills, experiment and have fun in a warm, safe environment.
Adult members who would like to learn to roll can pre-book blocks of coached sessions: 6 places are available in each block. There will also be 8 children’s places available in each block - the emphasis here is both on learning and fun! In addition to these bookable places, members can just turn up to practice/experiment on their own or with peers, but there will also be coaches available if you would like tips on whatever you are working on. Free practice is not suitable for beginners or for children under the age of 16 unless they are particularly well experienced. Older youngsters, able to work on their own without coaching, are welcome to make use of the free practice facility, but parents should be aware that this is an open adult pool session, and it is the responsibility of parents to make arrangements for appropriate supervision. Coached groups will take priority for boats.
The pool is booked from 9.15pm until 10.30pm with the coached session lasting from 9.15pm until 10pm. At this point, we will ask the children to leave the pool and get changed. The remaining time is for free practice, both for coaches and anyone who wants to continue to practice/experiment on their own or with their peers.
A wide variety of river boats are stored at the Aquadome (usually along with one or two sea kayaks) - the pool don't allow us to bring our own boats. Help getting the kayaks out of the store beforehand and putting them away afterwards is always very much appreciated. There are a variety of paddles at the Aquadome, including left handed ones - you are welcome to bring your own.
When you arrive at the Aquadome, there is no need to pay at the front desk when you arrive; just come down to the main changing rooms. The competition pool at the Aquadome is not the warmest pool! You may not be warm enough in just your swimming costume. Wear a wet suit if you have one or shorts and a (synthetic or thermal) t-shirt over your swimming costume. Some people wear neoprene boots or shoes, while others prefer bare feet. Please ensure that anything you bring into the pool is clean - clothing, spray deck, paddles etc - and remember to shower before entering the pool.
Pool sessions cost £5 per session, payable at the poolside. People may attend one pool session without being members of the club but thereafter must join the club if they wish to continue participating in pool sessions. Just come on a Friday night at 9pm and speak to one of the club members/coaches present.
This winter, pool sessions start on the 4th October 2019 and continue until 13th March 2020. If you are happy to practice on your own or with your peers, you can just turn up (free practice) - if you would like to work on a specific skill, then there will be coaches available to help. If you want to learn to roll, then you can book a block of 5 coached sessions (6 adult places in each block of 5 sessions). There are also 8 bookable places for children in each block of 5 weeks.
The dates for each block of coached sessions are:
1st block: 4th Oct, 11th Oct, 18th Oct, 25th Oct, 1st Nov 2019
2nd block: 8th Nov, 15th Nov, 22nd Nov, 29th Nov, 6th Dec 2019
3rd block: 10th Jan, 17th Jan, 24th Jan, 31st Jan, 7th Feb 2020
4th block: 14th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th Mar, 13th Mar 2020
To book a block of coached pool sessions, please click here.