Burlington Masters Swim Club
September 15th 2020

Section 1 Introduction

The Burlington Masters Swim Club (BMSC) is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy return
to the pool. Our resumption to competitive swimming will be a complex process, with a priority
of keeping our members and community safe from COVID-19.

Policies and procedures outlined by provincial and municipal governments and public health
agencies will be adhered to when returning to the pool. BMSC’s Return to Swim Plan follows
guidelines and best practices set out in Swimming Canada’s Return to Swimming Resource
Document, Swim Ontario’s Preparing for a Safe Return to Operations, and in cooperation with
the City of Burlington Municipal Guidelines.

BMSC’s Return to Sport (COVID-19) committee is currently comprised of the club’s board

The situation and information around COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly. This document
serves to provide information and guidance to our members, coaches, and the City of
Burlington community on best practices based on current information. We will monitor the
latest developments surrounding COVID-19 and take appropriate measures.

This Return to Swim Plan is designed for a safe resumption of swimming at Centennial Pool, and
Angela Coughlan Pool beginning on October 13th 2020.

BMSC would like to acknowledge and thank the Burlington Aquatic Devilrays for providing us
with guidance based on their experience of returning to swimming. They provided invaluable
input into the preparation of this document.

Section 2 Background

The Burlington Master’s Swim Club has not held a practice since they were cancelled, due to
introduction of COVID-19 measures, on March 16th 2020. The club has been invited by the City
of Burlington to resume practices October 13th 2020. As such, the club has compiled its Return
to Swimming plan contained herein.

Section 3 Return to Swimming Committee

BMSC’s Return to Swimming Committee comprises the following Members:
- Allan Mansoor - President
- Lisa Crosby - Treasurer
- Earl Weise - Secretary
- Sue McParlan - Registrar
- Andrea Jackson - Director

Section 4 Assessment of Risk

In assessing the COVID-19 related risks associated with the club’s return to swimming the
following was considered:
- We are not in a high risk region: The number of COVID-19 cases in the City of Burlington
(population 205,960) has been declining as have been the cases due to community spread.
According to reporting from the Halton Region Public Health there were 15 current cases
between August 1st and August 25th with 4 of these cases attributed to community spread.
During the same period the month prior there were 19 current cases with 8 attributed to
community spread.

- We will be sharing indoor pool facilities: Swim practices will be held at the Centennial and
Angela Coughlan pools. These pools are indoor pools. These pools will be available to other
aquatic clubs and other residents of Burlington for aquatic activities. However, during BMSC
practices the pool will be used exclusively by the club.

- New members may pose a higher risk: Most of the club’s membership are returning
members that reside in Burlington or other municipalities in Halton. New members to the
club may have recently located to Burlington. Potentially from areas with high community

- Many of our members may be at higher risk: Usually 20% of the club’s membership is aged
60 or older. The club may have other members with higher than average risk of severe
COVID-19 disease due to underlying conditions.

- Social distancing can be maintained: With appropriate procedures, physical distancing can
be maintained during practice. There is no requirement for contact or close proximity to
other swimmers. Members have their own swim equipment so sharing can be eliminated.

Section 5 Program Registration Requirements

The BMSC registration process will be modified to reflect the COVID-19 safety requirements
with the addition of the three steps outlined below:

1. All members and coaches will be asked to assess their own personal risk of severe COVID-19
illness. The club will provide links to the following resources as a starting point for research:
- https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseasesconditions/
- https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-
The club will recommend that members and coaches at higher risk for severe illness from
COVID-19 review their specific health concerns with their primary care provider prior to
attending training sessions.

2. Before attending a swim practice all swimmers and coaches will be required to complete
and submit to the Registrar, the following:
- The electronic Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk form
- The COVID-19 attestation
- The requirements for Rowan’s Law
In addition, coaches will provide
- An Offence Declaration
The Registrar will ensure collection of executed individual Acknowledgement of Risk forms
and COVID-19 Attestation forms and the President will submit a Club Declaration Online
Form prior to the start of the first club practice.

3. Coaches will take attendance at swim practices. The attendance forms will list swimmers by
lane. These forms will be submitted at the end of each practice and maintained by the club
for potential contact tracing activity.
Section 6 Health Monitoring Procedures

6.1 Pre-Training

Prior to the start of the season, thus return-to-swimming plan will be shared with all registered
swimmers and coaches. As part of this communication swimmers\coaches will be that they
should not attend practice they or anyone in their household has:

- Experienced symptoms or signs of COVID-19, even if mild (including fever, sore throat, dry
cough, fatigue, chills and body aches, shortness of breath, diarrhea, pink eye, or loss of smell
or taste)

- A confirmed case of COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
- Had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days

- Been told by public health that they may have been exposed and need to quarantine o
Travelled outside of Canada, or in any Province outside of Ontario

In addition, swimmers will be provided with a checklist with the above questions and will be
verbally asked these questions by the coach prior to being allowed access to the pool. If a
swimmer does not answer “No” to all questions the swimmer will not be allowed to swim. The
coach will retain a record of responses to these questions.

6.2 During Training

If coaches or swimmers feel unwell or show signs of COVID-19 during training sessions the
following steps should be taken:

• the individual must be removed from the training group immediately and sent home

• at home, the individual should complete the Individual Self-Assessment Tool.

• the individual must contact their physician to consider the appropriateness of further
investigations. Further investigations may include a test for COVID-19.

• the athlete or staff member may not return until receiving clearance from the physician,
and if a test for COVID-19 was completed, a negative test result will be required before
further training is permitted.

• If home isolation is required, guidelines have been provided below.

6.2.1 Home Isolation Recommendations

If a swimmer begins to exhibit symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or have been asked to isolate
at home:
• Remain at home except to get urgent medical care.
• Do not go to work, school, pool or other public places.
• Cancel non urgent appointments.
• Do not use public transport.
• Notify your doctor or local health department by phone, as testing may be required.
• Monitor your symptoms and seek medical attention if you are having difficulty breathing,
are unable to drink fluids, or if your illness is significantly worsening.
• Wear a face mass when around others, particularly when physical distancing cannot be
• Separate from household members, at least 2 meters at all times.
• Do not have visitors.
• Stay in a well-ventilated room (open windows) and use your own bathroom if possible.
• Sanitize common use surfaces frequently.
• If close contacts are vulnerable in terms of their health, consider alternative
• Avoid sharing household items.
• Maintain excellent hand hygiene.
• Follow any other local health regulations

6.3 Protocol for a Positive Covid-19 Test

If any swimmer or coach test positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken:
• The athlete/coach is removed from the training group immediately.
• Inform the BMSC Board so that the case can be tracked in the Return to Sport (COVID-19)
• Team training will be suspended and all team members are placed in self-isolation, until
told by the local public health authority that it is safe to return to training.
• The local public health authority must be notified and will determine any requirements
related to facility and/or group operations, as well as any requirements around contact
tracing as it relates to managing the spread of the virus.
• Any further team members who develop symptoms will be referred to the appropriate
public health authority or help-line for guidance on testing and appropriate management.
• Team training could resume if:
• All team members undergo self-isolation for 14 days and no other member has
developed symptoms.
• All team members are cleared to return to group training by their physician in
accordance with Provincial guidelines.
• Swim Ontario will be notified of any COVID-19 positive test of any participant (swimmer or
coach) by completing the Incident/Injury Report Online Form. Requested information will
• Gender
• Age
• Recent Training Activity (14 days)
Section 7 Setting Up a Safe Training Environment

7.1 Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of
illness during an outbreak. To ensure that swimmers and coaches minimize the risk of spreading
COIVD-19, the Physical Distancing Guidelines outlined below will be adhered to:
• Avoid being exposed to COVID-19 by physical distancing (minimum 2 meters).

• Keep a safe distance at all times. This is critical as COVID-19 can be spread prior to symptom

• Athletes and staff must respect physical distancing during all aspects of training.

• Follow all City of Burlington Physical Distancing guidelines. This may include facility access
with one entry point and a separate exit point and keeping a physical distance of at least 2

• Follow any signage that directs swimmers and coaches to enter one at a time.

• Follow any floor markings to guide swimmers and coaches, through the facility.

• Do not greet with handshakes, hugging, high fives, etc...

• Coaches and staff must maintain appropriate distance from each other and facility staff
members throughout the entire duration of time spent in the facility.

7.2 Arrival at the Pool

• Swimmers should arrive at the facility no more than 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled start
of the training session and wait in their car in the parking lot if they arrive early.
• Swimmers and coaches will wear masks until they are about to enter the pool.
• Drivers should park their cars in alternating parking spots to reduce risk.
• Only swimmers and required staff should enter the facility.
• Athletes should maintain good pool hygiene and should shower at home before swimming
to minimize the need to use changerooms.
• Swimmers should arrive at the facility in their bathing suit in order to minimize the use of
• If a changeroom is required it will be used in accordance with City of Burlington guidelines
which will limit capacity of the rooms in order to ensure social distancing.
• The City of Burlington Aquatic Staff have outlined the dedicated entry way to/exit from the
pool to limit interaction with other facility users.
• City of Burlington Aquatic Staff will assist in guiding the swimmers to the correct areas.
• Swimmers should walk a continuous path to the pool area, no stopping or congregating
along the way, and maintain a physical distance of 2m.
• Personal items and clothing brought in by athletes and coaches should be kept to a
minimum. Where bags must be brought on deck, they must be stored 2m apart as
designated by the placement of markers
• For back-to-back swim groups there will be a 15-minute buffer between the first group’s
exit from the pool and the subsequent group’s entry to allow for cleaning.

7.3 Training

To maintain physical distancing of 2 meters during lane swimming, the number of swimmers
per lane will be in accordance with Swimming Canada’s Return to Swimming Resource Version
• On October 14th , BMSC will allow 6 swimmers per double lane
This image shows three double-lanes with six athletes swimming in large clock-wise circles in
the two lanes, swimming on top of the lane lines
• To maintain physical distancing of 2 meters, swimmers should swim on top of the lane line.
• Athletes will only participate in one training group and should not move between multiple
training groups
• Swimmers will maintain appropriate distance from each other at all times while in the pool.
• Swimmers may not gather at the end wall. If multiple swimmers are resting at the same
time, they must spread out down the pool to allow for physical distancing
• Yelling and singing will not be permitted during the training session.
• Swimmers must remain quiet during the instructional time so that coaches do not need to
raise their voice.
• Spectators/parents will not be allowed into the facility.
• Athletes must act responsibly and promote appropriate behavior with their peers.
• In a situation where it may be difficult physical distance, coaches and athletes should wear a
face mask. Members are encouraged to bring their own masks. The head coach will keep a
supply of face masks for anyone who may require one.
• Athletes are not permitted to share any training equipment.
• There is no sharing of water bottles. Athletes and coaches are required to fill their personal
water bottles at home, prior to arriving at the facility
• There will be ZERO TOLERANCE for anyone who fails to follow these guidelines.

7.4 Departure from the Pool

• All swimmers should leave the facility as quickly as possible following the conclusion of the
training session.
• Swimmers should put on a face mask as soon as possible upon exiting the pool.
• Athletes are not to leave equipment or mesh bags at the facility after training. All equipment
needs to be brought home and thoroughly cleaned after each training session.
• Coaches will ensure athletes leave the training environment in a staggered manner in order
to maximize physical distancing.
• Changerooms will be used in accordance with City of Burlington guidelines which will limit
capacity of the rooms in order to ensure social distancing.
• Once all swimmers have left the facility, all staff should leave facility as quickly as possible.
• Once out of the facility, all swimmers and staff should use hand sanitizers to disinfect hands,
• go directly to their vehicle and return home.

7.5 Coach Requirements

Coaches must familiarize themselves with the COVID-19 facility specific procedures and
guidelines as well as the latest guidelines and directives on the COVID-19 outbreak from
Federal, Provincial, Municipal governments and their Public Health authorities. (Covid-19
Coaches will follow the best practices outlined by the Government of Canada (Prevention of
Risk) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
These best practices will include:
• coaches will wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment at all times. In most cases this
will minimally mean wearing a non-medical mask an\or face shield.
• coaches must use respiratory etiquette (sneezing in elbow), hand hygiene, physical
distancing, cleaning of non-personal equipment in between use, non-sharing of handheld
equipment such as stopwatches, clipboards, white board markers, etc.
• coaches must keep a detailed attendance record
• coaches will confirm that athletes have completed mandatory daily self-screening protocol.
• coaches must ask themselves and their athletes to self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms or
• exposure risks prior to each training session.
• coaches must ensure they maintain appropriate distance from lifeguards, and swimmers.
• coaches must ensure swimmers are following all Return to Swim Guidelines.
• workout presentations should not be given in groups or use shared whiteboards or surfaces.
• If more than one coach is on deck they must maintain a physical distance of 2m, and/or wear
a mask.
• coaches will consider physical distancing when planning practices and while communicating
with swimmers.
• coaches will ensure swimmers maintain a distance of 2m while they are swimming and in
between sets.
• coaches are not permitted to share hand-held equipment such as stopwatches, clipboards or
pens, with colleagues or others and all equipment should be cleaned with disinfecting wipes
pre and post training session.
• coaches will evaluate the effectiveness of the Return to Training Plan daily and communicate
any shortcomings to the BMSC Board.

Section 8 Disciplinary Action

If any swimmer fails to comply with any of the requirements described above, it will be grounds
for corrective action up to and including removal from the session or removal from the program

Section 9 Swimmer Education

Prior to Resuming Training an email will be sent by the Registrar to all current BMSC members.
This information email will include:
• a copy of BMSC’s Return to Swim Plan
• the group and lane assignment for each swimmer
• registration process (including links to required forms)
• arrival/departure & organization information for each pool location
• health monitoring process/questions including reporting requirements
• implications of not following rules (disciplinary actions)