WAGGA Swimming Club have stressed they're a "bit embarrassed" they've been given permission to use Oasis Aquatic Centre's facilities before other user groups.
The first batch of squad swimmers were back training this week, but only after the NSW government issued an exemption for pools to be open for squad training purposes only.
Club president Brian Curtis, who recently took over from Paul Gianniotis who will fill the vice president role, said in an ideal facility the facility should belong to everyone equally.
"We're a bit embarrassed, to be honest. We know where we are in the pecking order," Curtis said.
"We haven't lobbied anyone and it's not the pool or council giving us preference over other user groups.
"We're probably the fourth most important user group in the pool. Number one in my book would be those who use the pool to help with medicals conditions, second would be kids doing learn to swim lessons and third is water polo.
"I want all those user groups to know they're more important than us."
Only the older juniors and masters are back staring at the black line, with the younger swimmers to return at a later date.
The current restrictions of only gatherings of up to ten allowed for a maximum of one hour has forced the club to drip feed the return of their approximately 100 swimmers.
Assistant coach Billy Nicholson said the restrictions will make training more difficult, but was relieved his pupils could return to some sort of normality.
"We've had to open it up to the older kids first, then the younger kids are going to have to wait for a bit," he said.
"We're doing a one hour session on the Friday night as a bit of fun for the younger ones, but other than that it's just our senior and masters swimmers at the moment.
"The sessions are going to be less than an hour by the time we get in there, so we'll have to cut back the kilometres.
"Obviously they haven't swum for a while, so we'll focus on technique and have them get the feel of the water back more than anything."
Nicholson admitted making sure the swimmers avoid socialising before and after sessions to adhere to social distancing procedures will be tough.
"I've especially found with the little kids, we've been doing Zoom meetings but it's not the same," he said.
"It's hard for them to chat over that platform, so it will be good to get them back in the water.
"They've all been asking when they can get back and not having an answer has been hard, but now we've got some clarity it's good.
"Nothing's locked in yet because we don't know we can get back to bigger gatherings, but our regional carnival we might have in November.
"It's a bit hard when they have nothing concrete to aim for, but I know having that break from swimming made them appreciate just how good even training is, so they're pretty keen to come back."