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Swim Team Update

Hello Stingray Families!

First off, thank you to all of you for your patience and understanding with respect to our swim season during these challenging times.  We know that these past few months have often times brought more questions than answers, so we appreciate you hanging in there with us!

Refunds

  • At this point, since it is impossible to have a "regular" swim season full of practices and swim meets, the board has decided to refund all registration fees (minus any potential processing fees).  Our membership director is working with TeamUnify (our swim management company) to process refunds automatically for all team members.
     

Swim Clinics/Swim Camps

  • While the James Lemos Swim Center remains closed, we are anticipating that it will open in the near future and are currently exploring ways to get our swimmers back in the water.  While we will not have a regular swim season, we are looking to potentially run swim clinics and/or swim camps that some of our swimmers could participate in.  If we moved forward, here's what a program would likely look like:
    • Coaches would provide instruction and guidance from the pool deck to swimmers (no coaches in the water).
    • Only one swimmer per lane would be allowed in the pool--no excpetions for siblings to share a lane.
    • Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool independently.  Swimmers who cannot swim the length of the pool unassisted or without resting on the lane line would not be permitted to participate.
    • Parents would not be allowed to accompany their swimmers into the pool facility.  Only swimmers would be allowed entrance.
    • Upon entry into the pool, city pool staff would perform temperature checks on every swimmer.
    • Swim sessions would last 45 minutes and swimmers would be required to leave the pool immediately after their session ends.  Pool staff will clean and sanitize pool grounds prior to the next session starting.
    • Locker room facilities would not be available for changing.  Swimmers would need to come to the pool ready to swim and leave immediately after.
    • Swimmers would need to be able to put on their own caps and goggles.  Coaches will not be permitted to have physical contact with swimmers and cannot assist with these tasks.
    • Other than caps and goggles, outside swim equipement (kickboards, hand paddles, etc.) could not be brought in.
  • The rules and requirements for getting back into the water come from the city of Benicia, so we would need to strictly adhere to them.  At this point, the board and coaches are still in the planning phase and are trying to gather information about how many swimmers might be interested in pursuing this option.  The potential cost per swimmer has not been established yet.  Please take a couple of minutes (it literally won't take more than 1-2 minutes!) to complete the following survey so that we can get a sense of the number of swimmers who would want to participate in a summer clinic/swim camp program run by the team: https://forms.gle/kph6aVWUNZK3qSYT8