Covid 19

PRASC Safety Plan





COVID-19 is transmitted via liquid droplets when a person coughs or sneezes and potentially when they are talking in very close proximity to another person. The virus in these droplets can enter the body of another person when that person breathes in the droplets or when the droplets touch the eyes, nose or throat of that person. This requires you to be in close contact – less than the so-called physical distancing of two meters. This is referred to as ‘droplet’ transmission and is believed to be the primary way COVID-19 is transmitted. COVID-19 can also be transmitted through droplets in the environment if someone touches a contaminated area and then touches their face without cleaning their hands. The virus does not enter the body through the skin, it enters through the eyes, nose or mouth when the person touches their face. Unfortunately, human beings touch their faces very often throughout the day, much more than they realize. This is why regular handwashing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces is so important. For COVID-19 there are some emerging indications that there are people who can shed COVID-19 virus 24 to 48 hours prior to symptom onset, but at present, it is not known whether this is a significant risk for transmission. Droplet transmission is much more likely when in close contact in an indoor setting. Transmission is less likely in an outdoor setting, where there is more space for people to keep physically distanced. However, in the context of swimming, even swimming in an outdoor pool does not reduce the proximal nature of lane density and training patterns. It is well established that children are important drivers of influenza virus transmission in the community; for the COVID-19 virus, initial data indicates that children are less affected than adults and that clinical rates in the 0-19 age group are low. Further preliminary data from household transmission studies in China suggest that children are infected from adults, rather than vice versa. This is an important consideration but is an area in which the evidentiary base will continue to develop. (“Key Steps to Safely Operating Your Business or Organization and Reducing COVID-19 Transmission”, BC Government)




 The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. These symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite. People infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms, with illness ranging from mild to severe. Some people are more vulnerable to developing severe illness or complications from COVID-19, including older people, those with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions.




In this policy “member” includes an employee, volunteer, participant or parent/ spectator.


  1. Inform an individual in a position of authority (coach, team manager) immediately if, you feel any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue and loss of appetite.


  1. Assessment:
    1. There will not be a pre-practice assessment of swimmers for COVID-19 symptoms but members must be vigilant about not coming to the pool if they are experiencing any COVID-19 Symptoms
    2. Coaches will visually monitor team members to assess any early warning signs as to the status of their health and to touch base on how they are regarding their personal safety throughout the practice/ activity.
    3. If members are unsure, please have them use the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool BC Support App self-assessment tool.


  1. If a member is feeling sick with COVID-19 symptoms:
    1. They should remain at home and contact Health Link BC at 8-1-1.
    2. If they feel sick and/or are showing symptoms while at practice they should be sent home immediately and have them contact 8-1-1 or a doctor for further guidance.
    3. NO member may participate in a practice/activity if they are symptomatic.


  1. If a member tests positive for COVID-19:
    1. The member will not be permitted to return to practice until they are free of the COVID-19 virus.


  1. If a member has been tested and is waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test:
    1. As with the confirmed case, the member must stay away from practice until they receive the results of their test
    2. The BCCDC advises that any person who has even mild symptoms to stay home and call 8-1-1.


  1. If a member is deemed a close contact of someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19:
    1. A close contact is someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place
    2. If someone is deemed a close contact by Northern Health they must follow their guidance
    3. Northern Health may recommend that a member identified as a close contact needs to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Contacts need to get tested in they develop symptoms.
    4. Alternately, Northern Health may recommend self-isolation. In the event of that recommendation members must remain away from all team activities for 10 days


Before Your Child Comes To Practice


  1. You must read PRASC’s Safety Plan and ensure that your child understands, and acknowledges, all the aspects of it that pertain to them. We will review all of the procedures with the swimmers at the first practice back.
  2. You and your child must read and sign the Participation Agreement
  3. You must read and sign the Acknowledgment Of Risk Forms
  4. Both the Participation Agreement and the Acknowledgement of Risk Forms MUST be given to Chris Street before your child will be allowed to swim. You can deposit them in the club mailbox in the pool lobby, give them to your child’s coach on the first day, scan and email [email protected] or take a picture of the signed form and text it Chris (250 600 0749)
  5. We are preparing to operate at roughly full capacity (4-6 swimmers per lane)


Drop Off and Pick Up


  1. We cannot have swimmers congregating in, or around, the pool before or after practice
  2. Swimmers are to arrive at the facility no more than five minutes before the start of their session
  3. As of September 13th patrons aged 12 & up will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon entering the facility. However, in accordance with the provincial order the vaccine requirement DOES NOT apply to members of the swim club 21 years of age & under. To that end, we need to identify swim club members from the general public. We will be providing all members of the club with a “bag tag”. We ask that all club members keep the tag on their bag so that facility staff can readily identify them as being there for swim club. If a swimmer comes to practice without their tag they will have to immediately present themselves to the front desk as a member of swim club.
  4. Masters swimmers 22 & over will be required to show proof of vaccination the first time they come to swim with the club. Upon presenting proof of vaccination they will also receive their “bag tags”. With this tag they will be able to access subsequent practices without re-proving their vaccination status.
  5. There will be access to the change rooms both before and after practice
  6. Swimmers, coaches and parents are required to wear a mask whenever they are in the facility. Swimmers must keep their masks on until they begin practice and then put it back on again immediately after practice. Swimmers must keep their masks on at all times in the change rooms with the lone exception of when they are showering.
  7. Immediately upon entering the facility swimmers and coaches will disinfect their hands with hand sanitizer
  8. Upon arrival swimmers will, following the facility guidelines, go directly to the change rooms and then onto the deck. We ask swimmers not to arrive early and wait in the lobby before practice
  9. They will leave their bag and belongings in their own space on deck throughout practice
  10. Junior swimmers (Mini-Rapids, Classes 1, 1.5, 2 & 3) and Masters will uses the areas around the pool. Senior Swimmers (Classes 4, 5 & 6) will use the mezzanine area.
  11. After practice they will collect their belongings from their space and, following the facility guidelines, proceed to the change room with their masks on.
  12. We cannot have swimmers waiting in the lobby and we don’t want them waiting outside. It is imperative that all swimmers have a ride waiting for them immediately upon the completion of practice.





  1. For now at least practices will have few restrictions due to COVID
  2. Only one swimmer will be permitted to use the washroom at any given time.
  3. When entering or leaving the washroom swimmers will comply with all facility guidelines
  4. The club will, for now, be able to loan equipment. As we’ve learned through the COVID period these rules could be subject to change on short notice. It is still recommended that everyone continue to purchase their own equipment. Reminder that if you do purchase equipment for your child that it be labeled with their name.
  5. Swimmers are permitted to leave their gear at the pool as long as it is housed in a labeled mesh bag and stored neatly on one of the hooks provided. Having said that, the club has limited space available and we do not have room for every member to leave their gear at the pool. If you are not a swimmer that comes directly to the pool from school we ask that you keep your equipment at home.
  6. Any swimmers that is ill or exhibiting symptoms will be immediately removed from the water, provided with a mask, asked to gather their belongings and wait in an “isolation spot, until a parent can be contacted and arranges for an immediate pick up



  • The coaching staff will follow Work Safe BC’s recommendations in order to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19 in the workplace.