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From: Alberta Summer Swimming Association <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, May 4, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Return to Swimming Requirements and Covid Response Plan
To: Lynnette Thoresen <[email protected]>


 

´╗┐Good Morning
 
Region Reps, please distribute to ensure no one has been missed.
  
In talking with Kevin Dennis from Swim Alberta, we wanted to draw our attention to some changes in the Return Swim Requirements that you may not be aware of and provide you with some further information.
 
Updated Restrictions:
 
1. Indoor Participant age 18 and under: (page 5)*
 A maximum of ten total individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants. Indoor pools may be occupied by more than one group, as long as 3 metres of distancing can be maintained between groups of 10 and the groups do not intermingle. Coaches, although included in the maximum of 10 individuals, do not need to be under 18. Coaches must be fully registered with Swim Alberta. For any group of youths doing sport, fitness or recreation, up to 2 additional adults may attend to provide safety and security to that group. These chaperoning adults must stay 3 metres away from the participants and not participate in the activity.  
 
2. Outdoor (page 5)**
 A maximum of ten total individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants. Outdoor pools may be occupied by more than one group, as long as 2 metres of distancing can be maintained between groups of 10 and the groups do not intermingle. Coaches must be fully registered with Swim Alberta. For any group of youths doing sport, fitness or recreation, up to 2 additional adults may attend to provide safety and security to that  group. These chaperoning adults must stay 3 metres away from the participants and not participate in the activity.
 
3. Distancing - Dryland (page 6)
All indoor pool and dryland training will take place with swimmers and coaches maintaining a distance of at least three (3) meters. Outdoor pool and dryland training is permitted, maintaining a distance of at least two (2) meters.  
 
4. Spectators (page 8)
Indoor: Spectators are not permitted. 
Outdoor: Up to 10 spectators may be permitted by the facility so long as individuals stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not part of their household.   
 
*Under the previous restrictions clubs were allowed 10 individuals on deck total, the requirements have now been revised to allow for 2 additional adults to safely chaperone the group safely, but they must maintain a 3 meter distance and wear a mask.
 
**Aside from the revised restrictions, what this means is that if you are in a community that has and uses an outdoor training facility your club is now permitted to accept registrations for swimmers in the 18 and open category.  Please note this only applies to clubs that have outdoor pools.
 
Covid Response Plan:
 
Secondly, some of you have asked for samples of a Covid - 19 Response plans.  Clubs should be aware that this is a requirement for the 2021 swims season and in addition to their response plans should have a designated Covid Response Coordinator ( April 2021).  I have attached a couple of plans for you to look at, use and adjust where needed.  One plan is in one document and includes ( facility/club plan, pool map, parent letter). The second plan includes ( Club/facility plan, one time screening waiver, parent letter).  While both plans may look different they are acceptable plans and should help you in developing one of your own. 
 
It is important to note, that in our everyday facet of life we have been dealing with restrictions in form or another. When developing our plans we need to develop response plans based on what we know in the Return to Swim Requirements and not necessarily through the lens of our occupations.
 
Club Affiliation
 
2021, we recognize has not been without its challenges.    If your club has chosen not to operate this season we still encourage you to affiliate but please rest assured you are not required to register swimmers.  There are many benefits that are available to clubs who affiliate with Alberta Summer Swimming and Swim Alberta that are, but not limited to:
  • Casino licenses - club not affiliated with their provincial body are ineligible for gaming proceeds
  • Board Liability Insurance
  • Governance Supports for Clubs
  • Training opportunities
We would like to get and idea where all of our club are sitting for the 2021 Season, and your help with the following is appreciated:
  1. If you plan to affiliate but not register swimmers, please let us know
  2. If you are planning to not affiliate at all, please let us know
Provincial Restrictions:
 
While it is hard to predict what or even when we will receive an announcement to the  restrictions from the Government of Alberta. We are hoping we can ask our club members to take a pause and remain patient while further interpretation and clarity is sought.  
 
When the government's announcement is made, Swim Alberta has asked for patience while they take the time to work through the details of the new or updated health orders.  Once they have had a chance to clarify with government officials, clubs can expect to see an formal up date or direction from Swim Alberta that will be sent to you directly from them or forwarded from ASSA.
 
As we have seen changes to restrictions can potentially create a number of challenges for both clubs and facilities, we need to remain vigilant that the same consistent message is shared amongst everyone.
 
Thank you for your patience, your encouragement and your questions throughout the last few months.
 
 
Thank you,
Lynnette Thoresen
President, ASSA
 
 
CC:
Swim Alberta - Kevin Dennis
Swim Alberta Val Carr
ASSA Executive
ASSA Region Reps
ASSA Club Presidents