MUST READ: Post-Labor Day Hours & Reservations

Summer isn’t ending. Seven Locks Swim and Tennis club will remain open until Sunday, October 4 with modified hours and sessions. You will still need reservations for both member and lap lane swimming so please read the information below carefully. There are new limits in place on how many and when sessions can be booked.

Weekday Hours: the pool will be open from 2-7 pm Mondays through Fridays. There will be two sessions, from 2 to 4:15 pm and from 4:45 to 7 pm. The sessions will be a little bit longer to allow for extra swimming, but because there are now fewer sessions, families are asked to reserve only three total member swim sessions a week to begin the week. Unlike regular summer hours, this will be strictly enforced. If there are sessions available day of, please book those sessions right before coming to the pool. *Please note, dive clinics will be occupying the dive well during the evening sessions on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Weekend Hours: our weekend hours and session length times will remain the same, 11 am to 8 pm. As part of the three sessions per week, families are asked to limit to one session per weekend. If slots are not filling up, we will lift restrictions on numbers of sessions, but our goal, as it has been throughout the summer, is to allow as many families as possible to use the pool.

Making ReservationsThere will be have FOUR different schedule options to accommodate the different times and uses. You can toggle between the different sessions from the menu bar that appears on the left hand side above the schedule

  • M-F Member Swim,
  • M-F Lap Lanes (last lap lane swim for each member swim will be 45 min long)
  • Weekend Member Swim
  • Weekend Lap Lanes

A Note About Lap Lane Reservations: Reservations for a lap lane ARE REQUIRED. If you do not have a lap lane reservation and someone shows up that has a reservation, you must vacate the lane.

We understand that sometimes lap lanes are not being used. If the lap lane is not in use, please ask one of the guards in the office if someone has reserved it for that time.

If you have made a lap lane reservation and your lane is occupied, please contact one of the guards. Members can choose to receive reservation confirmations by email (click your email address box when confirming your reservation). It’s not a bad idea to bring these confirmations with you for lap swimming.

Updated FAQ: Grill Use, Mask Wearing

Seven Locks has updated its guidelines for the 2020 season, include questions regarding mask and grill use.

Grills: The grills are open for use, but patrons will need to bring their own tools. Please thoroughly clean and wipe down grills when you are done.

Masks: We have had a lot of questions and input about mask wearing. Seven Locks has revised both the county and state guidance. Here is what is required of if you are within the pool area:

  • Do NOT wear a mask while swimming
  • DO wear a mask if you are sitting on the side of the pool and talking to friends or anyone else outside of your household
  • DO wear a mask when talking to staff, no matter how far apart you are
  • DO wear a mask when wandering on the pool deck in case you see a friend and are within six feet of one another

You do NOT have to wear a mask if you are sitting at a table with members of your household. You also do NOT have to wear a mask if you are sitting and at least six feet from another patron.

Please be respectful. This is not an exact science, and it is going to require every member to police themselves. Guards will ask members to put on masks if there are egregious violations of the rules. Guards will make announcements regarding the rules. Please listen to them.

For reference Montgomery County guidance says pool patrons “patrons should wear face coverings when interacting with staff or other individuals not from their household.” On June 18, the county also issued guidance that states “all county residents over the age of two shall wear face coverings whenever they are in public and social distancing is not possible.”

Click here to read the updated FAQs.

Updated Information for 2020 Season

Thank you for a successful first few days. We know there have been questions, and we know there has been some disappointing weather, but we hope you agree that we’re on a good path despite the unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves.

We promised to continually evaluate our policies, and we are committed to keeping that promise. Attached you will find an updated FAQ with some new answers related to capacity, lap swimming, reservations/cancellations, guests, and weather. Please review and share with your families.

And please keep your comments and questions coming to membership@sevenlocks.org. They have been so helpful.

You can find the FAQ here.

Reservations, FAQs and More

The reservation system will begin taking reservations for opening day and week on Friday, June 19 at 5 pm. At this time, members will be able to make reservations for Saturday, June 20 through Sunday, June 28.

Please note the pool will NOT be open today (June 18) or tomorrow (June 19).

Booking Your Reservation & Other Things To Know

As noted yesterday in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, Seven Locks will implement a registration system for the 2020 season in order to comply with county regulations regarding capacity and social distancing. Under calculations set out within these rules, we will be able to allow 110 patrons in the pool at one time.

The main pool will be configured as it is normally, with two lanes reserved for lap swimming. The dive well will be open and patrons will be able to use the diving boards. The slide and the in-pool basketball hoop will be closed. For our initial opening, there will be a sign-up sheet in the guard shack for lap swimming in 30 minute increments.

As noted in our FAQs, the baby pool will be closed per county regulations.

We are opening Saturday, June 20 at 11 am. and willl start taking reservations at 5 pm on Friday, June 19. Before coming to the pool, your family must:

  • Complete the online waiver form, available here. One adult associated with each account must sign the waiver. Entry into the pool will not be allowed until the waiver is signed.
  • Have a reservation. Detailed instructions for making a reservation are below. You will start the process by logging into your account on our website. Log on by clicking the “log in” button the right hand of your screen or going to the membership tab and selecting “managing account.” We request members limit their reservations at the pool to 3 sessions per week. This will allow the opportunity for all members to use the pool facilities each week. Members can reserve time slots for one week in advance. Each Sunday the reservations will be open for the coming week. The Seven Locks Board reserves the right to cancel reservations if a family exceeds the three session per week limit.
  • Make sure all children age 12 and under are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18, even if a family has a reservation. This rule will be strictly enforced. As the waiver states, it is up to parents and caregivers to ensure children remain at a safe social distance.

When your family arrives for its designated session, please line up at our main entrance and then continue the line around the building along the fence that runs to the basketball courts. We will have markers on the ground to ensure families remain at a safe social distance.

When exiting the facility at the end of your session, please use the gate in the baby pool area and proceed immediately to your vehicle.

Given the unusual nature of this year, things could change. This includes the procedure for reserving lap lanes and our pool hours. We appreciate your flexibility, patience and feedback. Please contact us at membership@sevenlocks.org with questions and comments.

Making a Reservation
To make a reservation:

  • Hover the curser over the Membership tab on the Seven Locks homepage
  • Choose MANAGE RESERVATIONS  —  this will take you to the reservation page
  • To book a session, simply click on a block of time and a reservation window will open with all paid members on the account listed.
  • Check off which members will be attending during the selected session
  • Click BOOK IT to confirm the reservation

Seven Locks requests members limit their reservations at the pool to 3 sessions per week. This will allow the opportunity for all members to use the pool facilities each week. Members can reserve time slots for one week in advance. Each Sunday the reservations will be open for the coming week. Any reservation slots that have already passed or that are at capacity are disabled and grayed out. Hovering over any slot shows the number of available spaces. Slots are also color coded: Those with more than 75% of the total spaces still available have a green bar on the left while those with less than 75% have a yellow bar.

To view and/or cancel a reservation:

  • Hover the curser over the Membership tab on the 7locks homepage
  • Choose MANAGE ACCOUNT
  • Choose MY RESERVATIONS
  • Click CANCEL next to the reservation you would like to cancel

Seven Locks Is Opening! Details & FAQs Here!

Dear Members,

We received wonderful news on Tuesday morning — community outdoor and indoor pools are able to open on or after 5 pm on Friday, June 19. Seven Locks Swim & Tennis Club will open Saturday, June 20 at 11 am.

There will be restrictions, including how many members can use the pool in a single session. These restrictions are outlined in the FAQ below. This document will also be on our website throughout this summer.

To manage capacity, we will send information within the next day or so introducing a new reservation system. Members will have to use this system if they want to enter the pool. Each member account also will have to have a waiver on file before they enter the pool for the first time. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 whenever on the premises.

The FAQ below also outlines several new safety procedures. Please familiarize yourselves with these, and share them with your family. If members do not comply with the safety regulations, our own or the county’s, they will be asked to leave the pool for at least that session.

Our number one priority always has been safety, and in these uncertain and anxious times, that mission is more important than ever.

We know you might have questions not on the list below. Please do not hesitate to ask them by using membership@sevenlocks.org.

Lastly, we know this has been a process and one wrought with uncertainty. We appreciate your continued patience as we plan for your safe return to the pool.

Sincerely,
Seven Locks Board

Click here to review and print our FAQs, which also are pasted below.

 

2020 Season Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs below are subject to change at any time. As a private pool community, Seven Locks Swim and Tennis Club is required to follow regulations and guidance issued by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCHHS), and/or by the board of Seven Locks Swim and Tennis Club. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times.

  1. When will Seven Locks open?

Tennis Courts: The tennis facility is open for use. Please review the tennis page for more information about restrictions and reservations.

Pool: The latest guidance from MCHHS on June 16, 2020, is that pools will be allowed to reopen at 5 pm on Friday, June 19 as long as we strictly comply with the guidance. Seven Locks will open Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. Our daily hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to start.

  1. Will the pool be ready to open?

Yes. We have been working closely with our pool management company, Lighthouse Pools, to complete all the necessary maintenance to open the pool. We successfully completed our annual pre-opening inspection by the MCHHS on June 13, 2020. Lighthouse is now making final preparations to open the facility based on the ongoing restrictions and guidance from county and state officials.

  1. What can we expect when the pool does open?

We are establishing a reservation system that will allow members to reserve specific time slots to be at the pool. Our pool management company, Lighthouse Pools, has set new operating procedures and enhanced cleaning processes. Please monitor your email and our website for more information about signing up for swimming times.

  1. Will I be limited to how many sessions I can sign up for in a day, or week?

Yes, to begin we will limit patrons to three sessions per week. If your family signs up for more, we reserve the right to delete sessions exceeding three.

We will continually revisit this standard to ensure it reflects capacity and use.

  1. How will facilities be cleaned? What other safety precautions will be put in place?

There will be time allotted between each reservation period for cleaning before the next reservation session. We are working closely with Lighthouse Pools to finalize the enhanced cleaning procedures.

Seven Locks will maintain a readily available supply of hand sanitizer and soap for hand washing.

Cleaning and disinfection of frequently-touched surfaces such as pool railings, deck furniture, and doorknobs will be completed between each session, in accordance with CDC and EPA guidelines on COVID-19 and product instructions.

Members are discouraged from sharing objects that are difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect or are meant to come in contact with the face (e.g., goggles). Members are also discouraged from sharing food, equipment, toys, and supplies outside of their household group.

We also will alter how members enter and exit. At the beginning of each reservation session, members will line up outside our usual entrance. We will mark out spaces to ensure social distancing while waiting to enter. Members will exit in a different location to avoid bottlenecks with members who are entering for a new session.

  1. What happens if a member does not follow safety guidelines?

Members who refuse to follow safety guidelines will be asked to leave the facility for the day, and may have their access restricted until safety guidelines are permanently lifted.

Our safety measures will be clearly posted at the pool at all times.

  1. How will occupancy restrictions be determined?

The initial MCHHS guidance on occupancy limit is based on the maximum number of occupants that can be within the perimeter of the pool and safely social distance. To get this number, we must divide the total surface area of the pool by 36. This modified maximum capacity limit will be posted at the pool.

Based on this calculation, we can accommodate 110 members in the facility at any given time.

  1. Can my child come to the pool unaccompanied?

We require all children under the age of 12 to be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. All nannies and babysitters must be listed on the members account to be permitted at the pool. It is the member’s responsibility to make sure everyone on their account is aware and complies with the Seven Locks rules and regulations.

  1. Can we bring guests?

Because we will need to restrict the number of individuals in the pool when it opens, we will not allow guests at the start of the season. However, the Seven Locks Board will continue to revisit this limitation throughout the season.

  1. Will entire the pool facility be available to use?

The main pool will be available except for the slide and the pool-side basketball hoop. Additionally, per MCHHS guidance, the wading pool will not be available for the time being.

  1. Will other recreational parts of the facility be available for use?

The tennis courts will be available (see above). Other recreational areas, including the playground, basketball court, and pavilion games will remain closed for now.

  1. Will I have to sign a waiver before using the facilities at Seven Locks?

Yes. Seven Locks will require members to fill out an online waiver before using the pool and tennis courts. Members will not be allowed to use our facilities unless this document is signed and on file.

  1. Will the restrooms, showers and changing facilities be open? What about the drinking fountain?

We will follow MCHHS guidance on the use of these areas. Right now we are only planning to open the family restroom on the pool deck for use.

Per county guidance, the drinking fountain will be turned off.

  1. Will members need to wear masks and practice physical distancing? Will staff wear masks?

Patrons will be required to wear masks while on the premises and while they are not in the water. Lifeguards and staff will wear masks.

Please note that masks SHOULD NOT be worn while IN the water.

  1. Will there be seating at the pool?

We are planning for poolside furniture to be available with restrictions to allow for social distancing. We will follow guidance from MCHHS and Lighthouse Pools when determining the layout of furniture, include lounge chairs and tables.

  1. Will kick boards and pool noodles be available for use?

No. The pool will not have kick boards or pool noodles available for use. Members are encouraged to bring their own kick boards and pool noodles and to not share floatation devices with other families.

  1. Will the grills be available?

We are planning for grills to be available with restrictions. We will make a final determination based on guidance from MCHHS.

  1. What about swim and dive teams?

Montgomery County Swim League (MCSL) and Montgomery County Dive League (MCDL) have announced the cancellations of their seasons. Teams reps are working on various scenarios for swim and dive clinics should the MCHHS guidance permit them. More information to come.

  1. What about social events?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold any of our normal social events this year, but stay tuned for future updates on modified social events.

  1. Will the snack bar be open?

Our snack bar vendor will not yet be open. If the snack bar opens, it will take e-payments only. Ice cream will be behind the counter, and the menu may be modified.

  1. Will there be a lost and found?

There will be no lost and found this year. Items will be disposed of at the end of each session.

  1. Can I still have a party at Seven Locks?

Party reservations will not be available.

  1. Will you refund our dues for the 2020 season?

Seven Locks members all have a financial obligation to cover the operating costs of the pool each year, regardless of whether the pool is open. Operating costs include, but are not limited to, insurance, utilities, repairs as well as the costs to manage, maintain and secure the entire facility.

In order to have a full accounting of our expenses, we must wait until the conclusion of the 2020 season to determine what membership fee credits and refunds, if any, would be. We are not in a position to offer refunds at this moment.

If direct refunds are offered, members also will have the option to apply their refunded 2020 dues to their 2021 fees.

  1. I have not yet paid my dues for the year? Can I still do so?

Yes. You can still pay your dues for the year. As noted in previous communications, if you do not pay your dues you are in danger of losing your spot this year and in future years.

  1. When and how can we expect to hear updates?

Please check this page and your inbox for the latest updates. If you have questions, please email membership@sevenlocks.org.

 

Update on Opening (June 12, 2020)

This week, County Executive Marc Elrich announced that Montgomery County could enter phase two of its reopening process next week. While no specific date was given for this move, the county indicated that when phase two goes into effect, pools will be able to open for lap swimming only. Lap lanes will be limited to one person per lane. Outdoor swimming pools will be able to open more generally, but with (unspecified) restrictions, in phase three.

County officials have given no indication for when phase three will begin.

We know temperatures are rising and that you and your families are eager to get in the water. We continue to make preparations for that to happen. Our management company, Lighthouse, has the pool ready. The county has scheduled our inspection for this Saturday, June 12. With a successful inspection, we will be ready to open for lap swimming as soon as the county officially enters phase two.

In the coming days we will release information about our new safety measures and the reservation service we will use for the duration of the summer. Please continue to monitor your inboxes and our website.

We have received some questions about reimbursements. As we have communicated, many of the club’s annual costs must be paid regardless of when, or whether, the pool opens. These costs include payment on the club’s mortgage and utilities. We also continue to pay our contract to Lighthouse so we can prepare to open. If the pool is not able to fully open, we anticipate making some partial refunds. Those refunds will not be determined until the end of the summer, when all bills are submitted. We will share more information on refunds in the upcoming FAQ.

That answer is incomplete. We recognize that, and we appreciate your continued patience. Our goals are two-fold: 1) to keep the club in a positive financial position so our families can continue to enjoy it for years to come and 2) to recognize the sacrifice you have made in not being able to enjoy the pool this summer. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer refunds at this moment.

Some members also have asked why we cannot simply open the pool since we are a private establishment. Like the hundreds of small businesses that are shuttered, we cannot override local government officials—indeed, this would put the pool in jeopardy for opening for future seasons. We continue to engage with county officials to urge the safe opening of our community pools. The county has information on their website if you would like to make your opinion known on this matter.

Please stay tuned for more information in the coming days.

Sincerely,

The Seven Locks Board

Delay of Opening

Dear Seven Locks Members,

This past weekend’s warmer temperatures and sunshine made us all yearn for our time together at Seven Locks. As you may have seen from yesterday’s Montgomery County press release, we will not be able to open the pool as planned this Friday, May 22.

We are still hopeful, however, that pools will be included in phase 2 of Governor Hogan’s reopening plan. 

Nothing is more important to the Board than the safety of our members. While we wait for guidance from county and state authorities, we are working with our pool management company, other pools in the area, and with experts to come up with a safe reopening plan for our members. When we are able to enjoy the pool, things will look a bit different, and it will be necessary for all members to adhere to the safety guidelines.

We hope to communicate our new protocols to you well before opening so you have ample time to review and discuss them as a family.

While we cannot open the pool yet, we have reopened our three tennis courts. We’ll share more information about how to reserve court time in the near future. For now, please use the courts on a first come, first served-basis and limit the number of players on the court to four.

As always, thank you for your membership and your patience. We wish you a safe Memorial Day and look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to sevenlockspool@gmail.com or president@sevenlocks.org.

Update on 2020 Season

Dear Seven Locks Members,

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create uncertainty, including about the opening of the 2020 Seven Locks summer season. We are still hoping to have a full season and are monitoring the situation very closely. Our ultimate decision will be guided by the determinations made by local and state officials.

Since our last update, the board has moved ahead with critical repairs, inspections, and hiring for the summer season because postponing these important steps means running the risk of not being able to open the pool if and when it is deemed safe to do so. Most public outdoor pools are doing the same.

As Seven Locks members, we all have a financial obligation to cover the fixed costs of the pool each year. Those costs include insurance, loan payments, utilities, costs for our management company to de-winterize and maintain the pool even when it is not in use, inspection fees, and the initial delivery of pool chemicals needed to prime the system. We’ve already begun the process to open this year (see the photo below) — this is necessary to ensure we are able to open on time if we have the ability to based on government guidance.

In the event we are not able to open, or are able to open for only part of the summer, the board will refund a portion of each member’s due less these operating costs. Please know that the board is doing everything in its power to mitigate costs, including restructuring our contract with our management company. We also continue to welcome new members and to take dues payments from existing members.

All of these factors will impact the size of potential refunds. Again, we thank you for your patience as we work through this complex issue during continued uncertainty.

Regarding swim and dive season, we have delayed registration. We hope to start taking enrollment for the 2020 season on May 15. If you have questions about the 2020 season, please contact the team representatives at sevenlockssharks@gmail.com.

As always, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns: sevenlockspool@gmail.com or president@sevenlocks.org.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.

Seven Locks Board of Directors

Letter to Membership on COVID-19

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic creates uncertainty about the future. While we are unable to anticipate whether COVID-19 will impact our 2020 pool season, we are operating under the assumption that the pool will be open this summer. As such, the deadline for dues remains April 1.

We are closely monitoring guidance from the local, state, and federal government. Our final decision will be driven by what the county and other authorities will and will not let us do.

Some members, and potential new members, have asked about refunds in the event the season is cancelled. We are in the process of evaluating what our operating costs would be if we cannot open. These costs include utilities, insurance, and payment on debt owed by the club. In the event we are not able to open, at a minimum we will be able to refund dues less each member’s portion of the operating costs.

This is an unprecedented situation and we are all processing the rapidly-changing information. Our volunteer-run pool board is in regular contact, and we will be in communication with the pool community as we have more information. We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding, and loyalty at this time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at president@sevenlocks.org and membership@sevenlocks.org.

Please stay safe and practice social distancing. It is one of the best ways we can all ensure we’re able to enjoy the sunshine and the pool this summer.

Sincerely,

Seven Locks Board of Directors

 

School’s Out Party

Celebrate the end of public school and the official start of summer! We’ll have music, food, and goodies for the kids this Friday, June 14 starting at 6 pm.

Come join your friends and dance the night away!

“Premiere Weekend” Events

The pool opens on Friday, May 24 at 3 p.m. and will be open throughout Memorial Day weekend. The club will hold its annual Memorial Day event again on Saturday this year. Join us from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. poolside for our “Dive In” movie — “The Greatest Showman.” Snacks and other goodies will be provided. There will be no special events on Monday.

Spring & Summer Tennis Offerings

ProsToYou Tennis enjoyed teaching you and your children this past year and is excited to offer Seven Locks members a special for 2019 summer camps. Registration for spring and summer 2019 is now open.

SPRING BREAK CAMP (APRIL 17-APRIL 19, 2019):

Register here for spring break camp. Camp begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. Campers must provide their own snacks and lunch.

SPRING TENNIS GROUP CLASSES (APRIL 15-JUNE 15, 2019): 

Adult Programs: Register here for adult classes

Junior Programs: Register here for junior classes

Private, Semi-Private, & Customized Lessons: Register here for private ADULT lessons and register here for private JUNIOR lessons

SUMMER CAMPS @ SEVEN LOCKS:

Early bird pricing for summer camps is available from now until March 1. Click here for full-day camps and here for half-day camps.