Scheduler makes time for swimmers

NANAIMO: Allocation clerk makes sure pool enthusiasts get the time they need in the water.

Heather Quitley

Heather Quitley

Swimmers, waders and aquasizers dip into the waters of the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Beban Pool every day.

The pools are hustling with activities and it is Heather Quitley’s job to ensure everything is running smoothly and space is available when people book it.

Quitley is the interim aquatics allocation clerk for Nanaimo’s parks, recreation and culture department and she solves a lot of puzzles.

Her job is an assembly routine where she connects the needs of groups, school classes, organizations and individuals with the pool space they desire or rooms for hosting events. She figures out how to connect the two so people can get into the water.

Quitley said the difference between the NAC and Beban Pool is the aquatic centre has open swimming all day long, while Beban has restricted hours where people can drop in for public swims.

It’s a people person job and Quitley loves it.

“I love interacting with people,” said Quitley. “I am a people person and love seeing people’s expressions when I deal with them face-to-face.”

Quitley started working for the City of Nanaimo 16 years ago as a lifeguard. After that she decided to get into the technical aspects of management. She went to Malaspina College – now Vancouver Island University – and completed the applied business technology program.

An aquatic allocation clerk handles pool bookings for both the NAC and Beban Pool, as well as the centre’s rental rooms. Seating ranges from about 100 people in a theatre style arrangement to about 230 people. The capacities may be reduced depending on the room set up.

Quitley said Room B is popular for birthday party bookings because it has a foosball and ice hockey table.

Bookings depend on what activities are already scheduled and the configuration of the pool. The NAC pool changes depending on where the bulkhead is placed in the main swimming area.

At the aquatic centre, people can book anywhere from a single pool lane, about 16 lanes or the entire facility. Sometimes people, who are training and want guaranteed space to work on their stroke, book a lane to ensure they have the space when they go to the facility.

There have been some interesting bookings over the years from scuba divers and kayak trainers, to aircraft pilots practising to escape from their cockpits if they crash land or are forced to set down in the water.

For more information about pool and room bookings at the NAC or Beban Pool, please contact Quitley at 250-756-5200 or e-mail heather.quitley@nanaimo.ca.

Just Posted

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, stating that Nanaimo will see temperatures between five-10 degrees above seasonal the next two days. (News Bulletin file)
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement, stating that Nanaimo will see temperatures between five-10 degrees above normal the next two days. (News Bulletin file)
Heat wave will see Nanaimo temperatures rise 5-10 degrees above normal

Sun with highs of 28 C forecast by Environment Canada for Harbour City on Sunday and Monday

According to a staff report, Regional District of Nanaimo has seen some $13.6 million in grant applications approved between Jan. 1 and May 15. (News Bulletin file)
Close to $14 million in money granted to RDN in first half of year

Successful grants include more than $4 million for transit service in Regional District of Nanaimo

A section of the rail corridor on Vancouver Island. (Black Press file photo)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Put rail trail right overtop of the tracks

Removing tracks would be a horrendous expense, says letter writer

District of Lantzville Mayor Mark Swain, left, and Snaw-Naw-As Chief Gordon Edwards sign a memorandum of understanding outside Snaw-Naw-As Market on Friday, June 18. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Lantzville and Snaw-Naw-As sign memorandum of understanding

District and First Nation create joint working group

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Robin Dutton, left, and Peter Sinclair are taking their mountain bikes and travelling down trails in the Mount Benson area June 19 as part of a 24-hour fundraiser benefiting Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Full-day mountain bike fundraiser gives financial support for Nanaimo food bank

Event part of Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank’s Food 4 Summer campaign

(V.I. Trail/Google Maps)
Now 90% complete, Vancouver Island trail forges new funding partnership

Victoria Foundation takes on Vancouver Island Trail Association; fund valued at $40,000

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read