The following is the WCST WAHOOS plan to offer fitness
swimming for our team members this summer. This is dependent
on Fairfax County entering & remaining in Phase 2 of the
Governor’s plan. These guidelines may be updated
as circumstances evolve.
Wahoos - 2020 Swim Fitness Program (updated
We should all expect this summer to be
DIFFERENT. Our goal is to provide a fitness swim program for
the kids. We will focus on conditioning and technique/stroke
Virginia’s Phase 2 guidelines
limit pools to 3 swimmers per lane. With 8 full lanes at
WCRA, we can accommodate up to 24 swimmers at a time. While
Virginia is moving to Phase 3 (Wednesday 7/1), the Wahoos Swim Team
2020 program is not changing. We will continue to use
the same entry, practice, and exit procedures we've been using in
practices are designed to keep kids swimming &
improving, not teach
Swimmers must be 7 or older as of June 1st AND
comfortable swimming LAPS independently (in a deep
lane. With a 3 per lane swimmer limit, we cannot plan for
kids to be assigned a shallow lane where they can touch the pool
bottom. Swimmers under the age of 10 may be subject to a swim
- Registered swimmers may swim Monday through Friday in their
practice time slot:
coaches & swimmers age 15+
swimmers age 12+
swimmers age 10+
10am – 10:45am: swimmers age
We must minimize contact between swimmers and
coaches. All swimmers MUST bring their own
goggles. There will be NO borrowing or
sharing of equipment. If your swimmer has a kickboard, they
should bring it to and from each practice. Kick boards can be
provided if you do not have one. (They will be cleaned at the
end of practice.)
Swimmers will enter from the back gate.
They will space out while waiting for the gate to open. They
will not enter the pool area until instructed by the coaches.
All swimmers must already be in suits for practice, with their swim
cap and sunscreen already on. Swimmers should bring water
bottles from home; the water fountain is available for
refilling. Hand sanitizer will be given to each swimmer as
they enter the property. Personal gear is to be placed in a
designated area per swimmer. Coaches will provide specific
lane assignments for each swimmer.
Any swimmer who feels at all unwell should skip
practice that day! Any swimmer exhibiting signs of sickness
will be turned away from practice and sent
Swimmers of the first group will arrive at
7am. For later practice sessions, swimmers must line up
outside the back gate, properly distanced from one another, and
wait for instruction to be let in. Swimmers must be picked up
after their practice or go home on their own right away.
Parents of younger children may either wait in the parking lot, or
plan on returning promptly (45 minutes past the hour) for
pickup. We cannot have additional people on site while
practices are going on.
Practice takes place for the allotted time.
Practice duration is 45 minutes per group.
Restrooms are to be used for emergencies
only. Please plan accordingly so swimmers will not
need to use the bathroom at the pool.
At the end of practice, coaches will call the
kids out of the pool by lane to exit, in order to maintain social
distancing. Swimmers will wrap their towel around them,
gather their gear, and exit through the side (Pavilion) gate to
avoid contact with swimmers waiting to enter the next
There will be a 15-minute gap between practices
to allow for cleaning.
The program will run from Monday, June 15,
through Friday, July 31. Traditionally, team practices end
the week of NVSL Divisionals (previously scheduled for 7/25).
This year we will continue with the established practice schedule
for one additional week.
We need to stress to parents that if you
sign up your kid(s), you are agreeing to all the
above. A waiver detailing swimmer and parent
responsibilities will be included in the registration
process. Any swimmer not following best practices OR who
cannot swim the required independent laps will be asked to leave
the program as this is a matter of safety. NO REFUNDS WILL BE
GIVEN in these cases.
Swim team registration fee will be the same for
everyone for the entire season. It will not be prorated for
late registration. The registration fee this year will be
discounted slightly to $145 per swimmer, with a $565 cap per
family. Please note: we understand that the modified
season would imply that a discount is in order. But under
normal circumstances, the swim team generates additional revenue
through meet snack bars, which subsidize the registration
fees. That option is not available this
Registration is NOW open. Practices begin
Please reach out to the Wahoos Swim Reps with