Hawaiian Swimming CoVid 19 Information Page.
With the phased re-opening of Hawaii hopefully on the horizon as our State and Counties meet guidelines laid out by the appropriate health authorities (which all teams MUST follow), Hawaiian Swimming has sent a letter to the governor and all county mayors encouraging the re-opening of pools both to the public and to swimming teams -letter-link-.
Guidelines for reopening safely have been outlined by USA-Swimming -link- (and attached); ASCA (American Swim Coaches Assoc) video -link- and the CDC -link- and -link- (According to the CDC “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”) The CDC has further released guidelines for aquatic venues -link-.
Because USA-Swimming and CDC guidelines were developed for indoor and outdoor pools. Hawaiian Swimming has reviewed these guidelines to create guidelines for Hawaiian Swimming teams -link-May2020-. We have removed sections that apply to indoor facilities and sections that are the responsibility of pool managers (e.g.; chlorine levels). All our member teams are expected to follow these guidelines before resuming team activities to their athletes. These guidelines will change with time as the state opens up more - so they're dated.
CLUBS - Be Proactive. Many facilities (AND YOUR SWIMMER'S PARENTS) will want a plan to assure them your club will be following practices that meet social distancing and other requirements for everyones' safety. Rather than starting from scratch ... Here's a link to MDSC-Practice-Protocols you're welcome to copy and use as a template to get started. Adapt it for your pool and your facility.
SWIM MEETS. As of mid May, USA-Swimming has banned all sanctioned meets through June 30. And Hawaiian Swimming has voided the meet schedule through August 31. If ways can be found to host dual meets, or broken out to shorter less populated meets that meet state and county protocols, they can be sanctioned. USA-Swimming has some notes from their BoD for moving forward.
Reminder ... clubs need to be following state and county requirements, protocols, etc., for USA-Swimming insuruance to be applicable. And don't forget Safe Sport still applies.
WORK TOGETHER. We all want to get back in the water. We hope everyone will work together and support each other as special needs may arise until we can get past this.
If you have questions on any of this, please feel free to contact any Hawaiian Swimming board member.
Thank you. Stay safe. Wash your hands.