COVID-19 Guide

COVID-19 Guidelines

Please review with your swimmer(s) before attending practice, the following guidelines from USA Swimming, CDC and North Dakota.  The safety of our swimmers, coaches and families is the primary goal during practice.

Preparing to Swim:

  • ALL individuals that are tied to the MSC program will wear a mask into the building and in the locker rooms.
  • The swimmers will be allowed to remove their masks just before they enter the pool area and put them back on when they enter the locker room.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer before going to the pool.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Bring a full water bottle to avoid touching a tap or water fountain handle.
  • If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve/arm area.  Water fountains will not be working.
  • Limit your time in the locker rooms.  Come to practice with your suit on underneath your close and shower at home. 
  • Arrive as close as possible to when practice begins.
  • Avoid touching gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can.
  • Do not attend practice if you, or a member of your household does not feel well.

When Swimming:

  • Follow directions for spacing and stay at least six feet apart from others.
  • Do not make physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving a high five.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinks, or towels.
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing from other athletes when taking a break.
  • Wear your suit to and from practice.
  • Do not wear a mask when swimming as it is not safe.

After Swimming:

  • Leave the facility as soon as reasonably possible after practice.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after leaving the pool.
  • Shower at home, if possible
  • No extra-curricular or social activity should take place.  No congregation after swimming on the deck or in the locker room.

Parents and Spectators:

  • Please remain outside of the pool and allow 6 feet between you an those that are not members of your household. 
  • There is an observation area at the YMCA - capacity is 15 people.  Masks are required and also allow 6 feet of distance between you and others.
  • Educate your swimmers on the changes for practice.
  • Notify Minot Swim Club immediately of any possible or confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in your family.  Please email:  [email protected]


  • Coaches are required to wear a mask into the building and when swimmers are on deck and out of the water (before and after practice).  Face shields and masks are strongly encouraged during practice.
  • Ask swimmers, as they come into practice, if they feel ill in any way, specifically listing certain symptoms, and send home those swimmers reporting feeling ill or experiencing symptoms.
  • Social Distance from swimmers and other coaches at practice allowing 6 ft between them.
  • Guide the swimmers during practice to facilitate social distancing.
  • Notify Minot Swim Club immediately of any possible or confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in your family.  Please email:  [email protected]


  • Any coaches, athletes, parents and participants should not attend practice if they or anyone with whom they reside:
    • Are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19:  mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by the CDC.
    • Have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Athletes and Coaches must see a physician and be cleared for practice after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.
  • There is no penalty for missing practice!  If you are sick, stay home!
  • Groups are assigned specific evenings per week to practice to allow enough room in the pool for social distancing.  Those groups are the only ones that will be able to practice on their assigned night.
  • Groups will be assigned an area of the pool to put their "stuff" during practice. 
  • Coaches and swimmers will be located on both ends of the pool to allow enough distance between them.  The more experienced swimmers may be located throughout the lane when stopped.  USA Swimming has provided diagrams of swimmer location in the pools to allow for space between them.  The pool guidelines are shown below.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
  • Cloth face coverings are recommended for everyone where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue; then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash hands often with the proper technique using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • MSC will consult with the First District Health Unit, ND Swimming and USA Swimming to determine our response and action plan should one of the swimmers or coaches test positive for COVID-19.

Pool Practice Layouts with Social Distancing Guidelines:

Example 1:

Example 2:

Example 3:

Entry and Exit Example: