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12/21/20 Team e-mail

Happy Holidays Puma!

We had a great 3 week session at Cuesta and are grateful to once again have programming options. Our next session is slated to run from January 19th-February 27th. We are now a part of Cuesta Community Programs and are awaiting scheduling details with more specifics that will be released in early January. Programming start times and registration information will be released the first week in January. I will set up a session "participation interest" sign up on our Puma site so that our staff can start recommending pods for our swimmers to participate in. We are unable to to accomodate requests to be put on a registration list. Please wait to sign up until the first week of January when we have all of the information necessary to present to our membership.

I am grateful for the amazing swim community that Puma has become over the years. Your support of our program is so appreciated! 

Have a safe and healthy Holiday Season!

Cheers,

Coach Jud

10/27 Team e-mail

Aloha Puma,

I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe! Our programming start date at Cuesta College has changed to an initial trial session that will run from November 30-December 19th. If you are interested in participating in this 3- week session, please sign up at pumaswim.org under the "events" heading to be considered for open swim spots. In the "notes" section please indicate which "pod" you would prefer.  We will be offering swim "pods" for Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Junior and Senior. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer Cubs for this session. Community Programs will be in charge of all registration for our program at Cuesta. The price range for Bronze-Senior will be $110-$140 for the first session. I am expecting that Community Programs will open up registration in mid November. I will send additional updates as things progress. We are expecting to have an uninterrupted training session starting January 11th but that will depend on how things are progressing with our county and the pandemic situation. 

Pod Information

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum: Pod 1: M/W/F Pod 2: Tu/Th/Sat
  • Jr/Sr: Monday-Saturday (1 pod total of each level)
  • Once your swimmer is registered for a "pod" they can only swim with that pod and the times and dates for that pod. 

Proposed Daily Schedule (times subject to change)

M/W

  • 6:20-7:30 am (Half a pool) 12-16 participants Senior Group (Mon/Wed only)

  • 6:35 pm Bronze arrives for check in (8 participants max)

  • 6:40 Jr/Senior arrival for check in.(16 total participants) after check in, stretch outside facility until 6:55 pm.

  • 6:45 pm Bronze in water Therapy Pool

  • 6:50 pm: Gold/Platinum arrive for check in (16 total participants)

  • 7:00 pm Junior/Senior in water for practice:  8 lanes by the diving boards.

  • 7:00 pm Gold/Platinum in water for practice: 8 lanes South side of the pool.

  • 7:20 pm Silver arrival for check in (8 total participants)

  • 7:30 pm Bronze finishes practice and exits the facility

  • 7:35 pm Silver swims in Therapy pool. 

  • 8:30 pm Gold finishes practice and leaves the facility.

  • 8:35 pm Silver finishes practice and leaves the facility.

  • 8:45 pm Platinum finishes practice and leaves the facility.

  • 9:00 pm Jr/Sr finishes practice and leaves the facility

 

‚ÄčTu/Th

  • 5:40 pm: Jr/Sr arrive for check in then stretch outside the facility.

  • 5:50 pm Gold/Plat arrive for check in then stretch in separate area from Jr/Sr

  • 6:00 pm Jr/Sr in water by diving boards (16 participants max)

  • 6:00 pm Gold/Plat in water South side of the pool (16 participants max)

  • 6:35 pm bronze arrives for check-in

  • 6:45 pm bronze swims in Therapy pool ( 8 participants max)

  • 7:20 pm Silver arrives to check in (8 participants max)

  • 7:30 pm Bronze finishes practice and exits the pool area.

  • 7:35 pm Gold finishes practice and exits the pool area.

  • 7:35 pm Silver enters the therapy pool.

  • 7:45 pm Platinum finishes practice and exits the pool area.

  • 8:00 pm Jr/Sr finish practice and exit the pool area

  • 8:35 pm Silver finishes practice and exits the pool area.

Friday

  • 3:45 pm: Jr/Sr arrive for check-in (16 max)

  • 3:55 pm: Gold/Plat arrive for check-in (16 max)

  • 4:00 pm Jr/Sr in water (8 lanes by diving board)

  • 4:00 pm Bronze check-in

  • 4:05 pm Plat/Gold in water (8 lanes South side of the pool)

  • 4:10 Bronze in water Therapy pool

  • 4:50 pm Silver check in

  • 4:55 pm Bronze finishes practice and exits the facility

  • 5:00 pm Silver in water Therapy pool

  • 5:30 pm Gold finishes practice exits the facility

  • 5:45 pm Platinum finishes practice exits the facility

  • 6:00 pm Silver/Jr/Sr finishes practice and exits the facility.

Saturday

  • 7:45 am Jr/Sr arrive for check in (16 max)
  • 7:50 am Gold/Plat arrive for check in (16 max)

  • 8:00 am Silver arrives to check in

  • 8:00 am Jr/Sr in water (8 lanes by diving boards)

  • 8:05 am Gold/Plat in water (8 lanes South Side)

  • 8:10 am Silver in water therapy pool (8 max)

  • 9:00 am Bronze arrives for check in (8 max)

  • 9:10 am Silver finishes and exits the pool

  • 9:15 am Bronze in water: Therapy pool.

  • 9:35 am Gold finishes practice and exits facility

  • 9:45 am  Platinum finishes practice and exits facility

  • 10:00 am Bronze/Jr/Sr finishes practice and exits facility.

 

I know this is a lot to take in but we are extremely grateful to have an opportunity to begin programming again!

 

Take care,

Coach Jud

 

10/12/20 Team e-mail

Hello Puma swimmers and families,

I hope that you are all well and staying healthy! I can't believe it's been over 7 months of not being in the pool as a team!  In this time, I have been working diligently to secure pool space for our program to literally stay afloat! It has been frustrating to say the least but I do finally have some good news!

Cuesta College

Puma was initially started through the Community Programs department at Cuesta College over 24 years ago! I am happy to announce that we have been approved by the Community Programs department and are awaiting final approval from the president of Cuesta College to return to where it all started! We will have access to the entire pool (50 meter Olympic size pool) including the warm therapy pool (4 lane 25 yard pool) which will allow us to offer programming for all Puma swim groups! We will still be limited to under 50 swimmers in the pool at any given time so we are developing programming to best fit within the capacity guidelines but more importantly to adhere to county, state, USA Swimming, and Cuesta Covid guidelines. Registration for swimming will be done through Community Programs.  I will provide detailed information on how to register including securing a discounted semester parking pass etc. We are aiming to open up registration within 2 weeks and to begin programming Monday November 2nd.  Thank you all for your patience! We will be back swimming soon! Please keep in mind that things can still change based on which "Covid tier" our county is in at any given time.

Kennedy Club update: I was informed last week that KCF will no longer rent the pool to Puma as they are focusing on their own members and programs and don't currently want any outside users to rent their facilities. This could change at some point but I was told that it would be highly unlikely for us to return. We are grateful for the many years we worked with KCF and if the opportunity to swim at any of their clubs in the future opens up, we will consider it. Puma is no longer affiliated with KCF or any of the aquatic programs that are being offered with one exception: Coach Karen has been volunteering her time as a KCF member to give some Puma swimmers with KCF memberships supervised workouts. This scenario could change at any time.

Avila Bay Club update: I would consider Puma to be on the "waiting list" to get back to programming at Avila. Due to the pool being fully booked daily by members, Puma will have to wait until space opens up to begin programming again.

South County Pools: LMUSD is operating lap swimming and High School sports out of some of their pools however outside users are not permitted to rent any school district facilities at this time. I'm not sure what the timetable will be to return to South County.

Take care,

Coach Jud

 

 

 

7/31 Team e-mail:

Aloha Puma!

I hope that you all have been enjoying your summer despite some seriously unusual circumstances! We are all learning how to be resilient, patient, and hopefully empathetic to those around us. Hang in there and stay healthy! I can't believe it's been since early March since we have been able to offer programming. This has been a difficult time for many small businesses, especially youth recreational sports. Our goal is to find a way to keep going as a business when we are able to start programming again. On behalf of our coaching staff, we miss you all dearly and look forward to the time we get to coach your amazing kids again. I wish I had a concrete timetable for our return to programming but I don't.  In the meantime, some pools in our area are open for lap swimming.  If you are a member of KCF you can access their pools for lap swimming. It won't hurt to also let Brett Weaver in SLO and Sean Kennedy in Atascadero know how much you miss Puma! They need to know how much you value our program at their pools! Sinsheimer pool is also open for lap swimming but make sure you make a reservation before you plan on swimming. Avila Bay Club is also an option but that is open to members only.  We will start posting daily workouts in the "News" section our our website at pumaswim.org. Don't forget to get in some hikes, runs, surfing, paddleboarding and at least 1 plank for your core a day!

Take care,

Coach Jud

 

6/16 Team e-mail:

Hello Puma swimmers and parents,

Our coaching staff has been receiving a lot of inquiries on when we will be offering programming again. Although pools and health clubs have recently opened, swim teams are still not permitted to operate under the current state and local health guidelines. We are all anxious to get back to swimming but the reality is that programming will be implemented slowly. Right now, KCF is only offering reserved swimming for 1 person per lane for 30 minute time blocks for members only. Under the current scenario we do not have lane space available at KCF.  I am working with KCF management to try to secure pool space in the near future as restrictions are eased. If you are a current KCF member,  it wouldn't hurt for you to ask KCF staff/admin when Puma will start programming again. Let them know how much you like and value our program!  I have been developing "swim camps" with limited number of participants when we are able to secure pool space. We will have the possibility of opening our swim camps at Avila Bay Club within the next couple of weeks. I will give specific dates and how to sign up once all of our insurance and liability paperwork is complete and an agreement for programming is finalized with the Avila Bay club. We are not taking any reservations for Avila at this time. For our South County swimmers, all LMUSD HS pools remain closed. I wish I had better news for you all but this is where we are at with things.

Stay safe and take care!

Coach Jud

5/29 Team e-mail: 

Hello Puma!

We certainly miss all of you and hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe during this unusual time in our lives. As the state of California is opening up in stages, we have all been anticipating when pools will once again be open for programming. Health clubs and pools will begin programming when we enter stage 3 of the reopening process.  Please keep in mind that there will be limited amounts of participants permitted to be on the pool deck and in the pool at any given time. Our programming will look much different at the beginning stages than you are all use to.  Puma is working on our reopening plan so that when pool time is available to us we are ready to get wet! Puma will be following the CDC and local health department guidelines and all participants will be expected to adhere to all policies before being able to participate. We ask that you remain patient as even when pools start to reopen that may not include programming or space allotted for our swim club. Puma has not been given any specific dates on when we can possibly reopen but as soon as I know more, I will share it with our membership.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you know of anyone or a business that would like to help our Puma Booster Club which is a non-profit 301(c) during this time that would be fantastic. Any funds that are donated to the Booster Club are tax deductible.  The Booster club has been the driving force behind our Annual Cancer Meet in October however the funds raised can also help Puma Aquatic Team remain solvent and continue programming once we are able to get back in the pool.

Take care,

Coach Jud Clark

3/23 Team e-mail: Click HERE

3/15 News/Team e-mail: 

  • Aloha PUMA swimmers and families,

    I hope that you are all healthy and enjoying some unexpected family time! This is truly a unique experience that we are all dealing with. Due to the health concerns and recommendations from the CDC, Governor Newsom, and USA Swimming, Puma will not be offering any programming at any of our sites for the coming week 3/16-3/21. I will update our status weekly. Hang in there and try to stay positive through this difficult time! I am working on putting together some good cross training and dry land programs that you can do daily. Check our website at pumaswim.org for more information.

    Coach Jud

MONDAY 3/16 Outdoor Cross training:

  • If it's not raining..go for a hike or fast walk for at least 30 minutes. Try to get your heart rate up into the 150-170 range for a prolonged period of time.
  • Surf, paddle board, run on the beach.

AT HOME EXERCISES (Do 4 rounds)

  • 1 minute plank
  • 1 minute bicycle crunches
  • 1 minute burpees
  • 1 minute in place lunges
  • shoulder stabilization laying on stomach. Bring shoulder off the ground and try to squeeze shoulder blades together. Do 12-15 reps.
  • 1 minute jump rope.

 

 

TIME STANDARDS

2020 CCS Junior Olympic Time Standards: Click HERE

2020 SouthWestern Age Group Regional Time Standards: Click HERE 

SoCal Swimming Time Standards: Click HERE