COVID19 Safety Protocols and Precautions for Swim Practice

Facility Considerations

Practice will resume at two pools only: Franklin and Lincoln.

The Facility capacity (Franklin/Lincoln) with social distancing is 12 people in the pool: 3 people per lane with 2 people at one end and 1 at the other end, staying 6 ft. apart. This capacity will be trimmed down on the older kids to potentially 2-3 per lane due to their size.

Parents are permitted to watch practice from outside the fence line. Parents will also need to wear masks at all times during practice.

There is a 15 minute gap between practices to allow one group to clear the facility, 6 ft. apart, before the next group is allowed into the facility. The coaches will wipe down any surfaces they feel have been compromised.

Mitigating Hazards

The coach and facility director have eliminated the use of low ventilation spaces and rooms that prevent social distancing. Locker rooms and Dryland areas will not be used. Locker rooms may be used to go to the bathroom but only one athlete at a time and coach will wipe down all areas used with a disinfectant wipe.

The Facility will increase water sanitation levels. Chlorine levels are suggested at 2.0 ppm.

The coach will create visible markers on the pool deck to indicate appropriate spacing.

The coach will ensure athletes maintain 6 ft. distance guidelines both entering the pool and exiting the pool.

The coach will make sure one group has cleared the pool and any compromised surfaces have been wiped down before the next training group may come into the facility.

Any use of restrooms during practice will require a coach to wipe down the compromised surfaces with a disinfectant prior to any other usage.

Prior to the first practice, facilities will be cleaned with disinfectant wipes. A thermometer, packages of wipes, and tape will be on site for coaches to use to maintain cleanliness and social distancing.

Safe Practices PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

If an athlete is sick, feeling sick, has a cough, has a cold, or is running a temperature they need to focus on being healthy for 14 days and will not be allowed into the pool. Parents should monitor their athletes and keep them home from practice if athletes are exhibiting symptoms or feeling unwell.

Any athletes who have issues with coughing/sneezing excessively during practice will be excused from the pool area until the issue subsides.

All athletes will be expected to come to the pool in their suit and leave the pool in their suit. The locker rooms and showers will not be available.

Any person entering the facility will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the entirety of their visit, athletes included except while in the pool.

The coach or a parent volunteer will help control the flow of athletes into and out of the pool to maintain safe social distancing.

The coach will be responsible for maintaining the 6 ft. gap between all athletes before, during and after practice.

All coaches will have their temperature taken every other day and will be required to wear face masks at all times.

Communication

The team will have an assigned person to handle the communication to all parents regarding the requirements, guidelines, and standards for the re-opening plan and covid-19 related questions or issues.

In communicating the requirements, guidelines and standards parents will also be advised on safety expectations, drop off and pick up patterns, as well as spacing while entering and exiting the facility.

Any athletes contracting Covid-19 or suspected of contracting it will need a doctor’s note to clear them for training and must be symptom free for 14 days before returning to practice.

It will be made clear to all athletes there is no penalty for missing practices if the athlete or any member of their family is presenting symptoms, or if they have come in contact with anyone who has tested positive. If the athlete has any exposure to a confirmed or suspected COVID19 positive person they should not attend practice for at least 14 days.

The risk factors for parents to consider before their athlete returns to swim include autoimmune disease, diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease, among others. Refer to the CDC guidelines for risk factors.

Any athletes who travel during the first 30 days of practice will need to wait 14 days before returning to the practice facility.

Program Considerations

The team will manage a gradual increase of monthly fees as the team slowly progresses back to normal. The parent board along with the head coach will determine what the starting monthly rates will be for the first 30 days.

Any coaches with health issues or vulnerabilities will be permitted to excuse themselves from any activities which they feel may compromise their safety or overall health.

The Senior and Senior Elite groups will continue to split time using open water to keep our time at the pool to a minimum, maintain safe group sizes, and protect the safety of the athletes and their families.

Swimming Safely

Anyone attending practice should wash their hands with soap and warm/hot water, and for at least 20 seconds prior to arrival.

There will be no equipment usage for the first 30 days.

The athletes will need to bring their own water bottles; there will be absolutely no sharing whatsoever.

If athletes need to sneeze or cough they will be advised to do so into their inside elbow area.

Athletes need to arrive five minutes prior to practice time starting and will not enter the facility until they are advised to do so by a coach or parent volunteer. Athletes will maintain 6 ft. of space when entering and exiting the pool and facility.

Athletes will be advised to not touch gates, fences, benches, door handles or any other surface that may have been compromised.

Again, athletes will have no locker room usage except for bathroom emergencies.

When swimming

Athletes will follow all directions from their coach regarding spacing and maintain 6 ft. of space between other swimmers at all times.

The coach will prioritize keeping family members paired in lanes when possible.

Athletes will be advised to not make physical contact with others including but not limited to shaking hands, high fives, and dabbing.

Athletes, coaches, and parents need to avoid touching their faces at all times

Athletes will be advised to not share food, drinks or towels at any time.

Athletes will be advised to wear suit to and from practice. Locker rooms will not be available.

After Swimming

Athletes will be advised to leave the facility as soon as reasonably possible after their practice ends.

Athletes will be advised to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer after they return home from practice.

Athletes will be advised the locker rooms will be off limits except for bathroom emergencies. Showering will need to be done before or after practice at home.

Athletes will be advised there will be no extracurricular activity or congregating after practice.

Expectations for Training and Competing

As we return to practice we are prioritizing socializing, a slow progressive return, and technical work to help prevent Injury. Most of these kids have not seen or interacted with anyone other than family so socializing will be important.

The goal will be to emphasize movement quality, not quantity of exercise. Proper movement and stroke technique is the priority in the first 30 days.

The coach will look to gradually increase volume at a safe rate of 5-10% per week.

Again the focus will be on a healthy and safe environment, a quality experience and progressive training. Competition will not be something we focus on until the fall rolls around.