June 13, 2020
PHASE 2 REOPENING AT FREEDOM HALL POOL
All right! Time for Phase 2 of our club’s reopening! Phase 2 will begin on Monday, June 15. I am so proud of everyone for following the guidelines we put in place for Phase 1. The staff at Freedom Hall Pool has also recognized the efforts we have made to keep everyone as safe as possible. It is important that we continue to be vigilant and responsible. As we have seen in some areas of the country, an increase in coronavirus infections can occur when people are not cautious.
Before you return to the pool, we have another short video for the swimmers to watch. It will give them a good idea of the changes they can expect in how practices are run in Phase 2.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0RivF_byH8&feature=youtu.be
Some procedures will remain the same:
Please continue to stay in your car until it is your time to enter the building.
Enter the pool area for practice no more than 5 minutes before your scheduled session.
Parents may not come into the pool area.
Use the hand sanitizer at the doors when you enter and exit the building.
Place your personal belongings in your assigned space on the deck and wait until called to your practice lane.
Practice social distancing (6 feet apart)
If you have a fever, exhibit signs of infection, or were exposed to others who may have COVID- 19, stay home.
Do not share water bottles or equipment.
Come to the pool and leave the pool in your swim suit. The locker rooms and showers are still closed.
Restrooms can be used one person at a time. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds before returning to the pool.
You must stay in the practice group to which you have been assigned to aid in contact tracing.
There will be some changes:
We will be allowed to have up to 4 people in each lane. This will require some differences in practice logistics.
Each lane will have 4 “home” stations. Station 1 will be at the wall in the deep end; Station 2 will be at the first red buoy on the lane line in the deep end (10 meters from the deep end wall); Station 3 will be at the second red buoy on the lane line from the deep end (10 meters from the shallow end wall); Station 4 will be at the shallow end wall.
Swimmers assigned to stations 2 & 3 will be called to the pool first. They will lay their equipment bags at the end of the pool, get in, and swim to their home station. Swimmers assigned to stations 1 & 4 will then be called to the pool, lay their gear at the end of the lane, get into the water and remain at the wall.
When getting equipment during practice, swimmers at stations 1 & 4 will exit the pool, take their equipment bag, move away from the end of the pool, get out their equipment, then wait for swimmers 2 &3 to get their gear and return to their stations. Then swimmers 1 & 4 will get back into the pool. Swimmers 2 & 3 will wait until the swimmer at the wall has exited the pool, then swim down to the end of the lane, stay in the water and get the equipment that they need from their bag, then return to their home station.
When beginning a set, all swimmers in a lane will start at the same time. Swimmers 1 & 3 will begin swimming toward the shallow end; swimmers 2 & 4 will begin swimming toward the deep end. Swimmers will circle swim.
Home station markings will be on the deck (large cones) and in the water (hanging down from the lane lines). Markings for “learning positions” will be on the deck (small cones).
Additional spaces for swimmers to leave their personal belongings have been added and are marked on the pool deck. Spaces for Station 1 swimmers are behind the starting blocks; Station 2 in the area between the locker room doors; Station 3 in front of the bleachers; Station 4 along the windows by the stairs.
Please familiarize yourself with these changes. Feel free to ask any questions for clarification.
The lane and station assignments can be downloaded HERE
See you at the pool,