Weekly Update 5/17/20

Scott Griffith

Hello GSC!  A few updates for you....

  • We really want to see the swimmers.  Please log on to our weekly zoom meetings.  Log on info is posted on the website.  Coho/Sea Lions on Tuesday, Sockeye/Sharks on Wednesdays, and Chinook/Orca on Thursday, always 4:00 pm.  This weeks our guest collegiate swimmer is Bergen Davis for the Thursday meeting.
  • Pool Update - Yes, the governor allowed for pools to open at 50% capacity.  Here is the reality for Juneau; the city is being very cautious and wants to start with a very soft opening when they are ready.  They need to get everything up to date with the mandates.  At the very best, we will see DPAC open June 1.  GSC will not be part of the first opening, anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months after the pool has opened.  So much is constantly changing.  My best guess is that GSC will be swimming around August 1.  More info on how GSC's plans to work through this.
    • Sometime in June, GSC will hold its annual Awards Banquet.  The format will be a Zoom meeting.  A drive by pick up will be set up to collect awards after the banquet.  We will also do our Hike Challenge award during the online banquet.  
    • GSC is hoping to kickoff our summer season with the Murph Dryland Challenge on Memorial Day.  More details to come.  We are attempting to host this dryland in a 'live' format, but it may be too difficult with social distancing and equipment demands.  'Murph' will be the only dryland for the week of May 25 (we anticipate multiple days for recovery!).
    • Beginning June 1, GSC will move to 3 days per week of scheduled dryland through the Band app.  We will also begin weekly onsite dryland workouts.  These will be limited in number and take place at Tongass Fitness on Friday's at 10 am (may be multiple options, but will begin at 10).  There will be online signups, and we will probably rotate one age group per week (elementary, middle, and HS age swimmers).  In-person drylands are reserved for paying GSC members.  The dryland programming on Band is available to anyone.
    • GSC is investigating more ways to offer services throughout the summer.  Some ideas are open water swims, online clinics, or other  outside group activities all while maintaining health mandates.
    • As always, use your own judgment on any in person activities.  GSC will do it's best to follow all health recommendations, but if you are not comfortable, please do not send your athlete.
    • Once the pools open, there will be lap swims by reservation only.  Active GSC swimmers do not have to pay for these lap swims.
  • Augustus Brown Pool is in jeopardy of NOT getting the scheduled renovations NOR OPENING AT ALL.  Honestly, I do not see CBJ funding the renovations.  Thank you to everyone who already contacted your assembly members.  However, now I think we need a push to keep AGB open if not closed for repairs.  Please email your assembly members with POOL in the subject line.  Our wish is to maintain the status quo and keep AGB open for public use.  It is my understanding that this falls well within the use of the CARES money awarded to CBJ.

Hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weather.  I look forward to seeing more kids this week on the Zoom meetings.

Thanks,

Coach Scott