Hate those early morning lineups to register for swimming lessons?
It’s been more than a year in the making, but online registration is about to start for programs at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre.
Online registration will begin for all the aquatic and recreation programs, both youth and adult, on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 a.m.
But first you’re asked to set up your online account.
“We need people to create their account or update their information through that site,” said David Knight, arena manager.
Staff have been working for a year to set up software and payment processing that will work for the community.
“We’ve finally broken the barrier. We got through it and it’s ready to go,” said Knight.
He said the goal is to limit people having to line up in the early morning on registration day, as well as providing everyone the same opportunity to register.
With online registration, Salmon Arm will join other communities in the region, including Vernon, Kelowna, Kamloops and Penticton, which already use it.
If anyone does not have access to a computer for the start of registration, they can still go to the recreation centre. Extra staff will be on hand to help people on registration morning.
The programs that historically fill up first are the preschool and younger-age swim lessons. Knight explained space is limited for those based on Red Cross regulations. The number of participants per instructor in the pool at one time is limited.
He asked the public be patient as the new system launches.
“The first time you do anything like this, there will be some kinks to work out. But moving forward it will be a huge improvement in giving people access to programs.”