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Open Gym/Drop-in

Open Gym is closed for the season and will reopen in late August/early September. Thank you for everyone who joined us this season; We are focusing on recharging, reconnecting with nature, and running our very popular Summer Camp programs. 


Details about next years Open Gym program will go live on July 2nd with our Fall Program Guide.

Enjoy the sunshine!

 

Schedule & Location

Date & Time: Our drop-in sessions are currently closed for the summer. Stay tuned for our new schedule, which will go live on July 2nd, 2024. Sessions are available multiple times weekly at various times of the day. Check our schedule for specific days and hours.

 

Location: Conveniently located at our welcoming gymnastics club attached to the Catholic school in Riverdale at 16 Duke Street, Whitehorse. We are fully equipped with safe, age-appropriate equipment, baby change tables, and a small kitchen space.


How to Join

 

Membership is Required: Open Gym/Drop In requires an annual membership, which covers the cost of you and your child's mandatory insurance provided through Gymnastics BC
 

Pre-registration is Required on Saturday's: Drop in has become increasingly popular; Pre-registration for Saturday drop-in goes live at noon every Friday online on our Amilia registration platform. No registration is required on Friday's, just show up and sign in


Here are detailed safety rules in place at Polarettes:

 

Our drop-in programs have a capacity limit of 35 people, including all persons, from infants to adults. ​

 

Beginning July 1st, 2019, trampoline products, including but not limited to trampolines, tumble tracks, and mini-trampolines, will not be used during drop-in or birthday parties due to insurance limitations issued by Gymnastics BC.

 

All trampoline apparatus will be closed during drop-in times with a large cover. Supervising staff will strictly enforce this rule. An inflatable Tumble Track will be available for participants wishing to bounce!
 

General Safety Rules
 

Supervision Requirement:
 

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for their supervision throughout the session.

  • Club staff and instructors are present to monitor activities and ensure safety. Still, they are not a substitute for parental supervision.
     

Appropriate Attire:
 

  • Participants should wear appropriate, well-fitting gym attire (e.g., leotards, athletic shorts, and t-shirts).

  • No jewelry, belts, or baggy clothing that could get caught or cause injury.

  • Participants with long hair should be tied back to prevent it from getting in the way.
     

Footwear:
 

  • For better grip and stability, participants should wear bare feet, grippy socks, or gymnastics shoes.

  • Participants must remove street shoes before entering the gym to keep the surfaces clean.
     

Warm-Up:
 

  • All participants should engage in a proper warm-up routine to prepare their muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
     

Equipment Use
 

One at a Time:
 

  • Only one person should use equipment at a time to prevent collisions and injuries.

  • Participants should wait their turn and follow any queue systems or instructions provided by staff.
     

Proper Use of Equipment:
 

  • Equipment should only be used for its intended purpose. For example, equipment should be used for skill development, not roughhousing or building forts.

  • Participants should only use equipment that is within their skill level or training.
     

Mats and Safety Zones:
 

  • Participants must use mats appropriately and ensure they are positioned correctly to provide safety during landings and falls.

  • There are no running games, such as tag, hide-and-seek, or playing under the mats, to prevent tripping or collisions.
     

Specific Limitations:
 

  • Double flipping forward, sideways, or backward is NEVER permitted at the drop-in. 

  • Wall flipping is NEVER allowed in our club. Our walls are fragile, and you WILL put a hole in the wall if you try a wall flip. Please respect this rule and our facility. 
     

Behavior and Conduct
 

No Roughhousing:
 

  • Rough play, pushing, shoving, and other aggressive behavior are strictly prohibited.

  • Respect for fellow participants is mandatory; everyone should have a safe and positive experience.

 

Awareness of Surroundings:
 

  • Participants should be aware of their surroundings and avoid moving into the path of others using equipment.

  • There are no running or fast movements in areas not designated for such activities.
     

Health and Hygiene
 

Hydration and Breaks:
 

  • Participants should take regular breaks to drink water and stay hydrated, especially during intense activity.

  • Participants may bring a water bottle into the gym area, but only water is permitted. Coffee, pop, juice, or other beverages that could damage equipment if spilled are also prohibited. Food is never allowed in the equipment area; please use the kitchen upstairs.

 

Health Precautions:
 

  • Participants should only attend if they feel well and are free from any injuries that could be exacerbated by physical activity.

  • Hygiene practices, such as sanitizing hands, should be followed to maintain a clean environment.
     

Emergency Procedures
 

Emergency Exits and Procedures:
 

  • Participants and supervising adults should be aware of emergency exits and procedures.

  • In case of an injury or accident, staff should be notified to provide first aid or call emergency services if necessary.
     

Enforcement
 

Adherence to Rules:
 

  • All participants and supervisors must adhere strictly to the club’s safety rules.

  • Our staff can restrict elements for individuals they believe pose a risk to themselves or others.

  • Staff reserves the right to remove participants who breach safety rules for their safety and the safety of others.  

  • Following these safety rules helps create a secure and enjoyable environment for everyone.

  • Polarettes is a non-profit facility that provides a safe, respectful environment for our community to train. Participants who disrespect others or our facility will be prohibited from attending drop-in. We reserve the right to refuse service on the grounds of disrespectful behavior. 

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