KCS Return to Swimming Member Update

KCS Admin

Dear KCS Member/Family:

We have lots of news to share on the start-up front and your role!

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING OVER THE PAST MONTH?

On June 1st, working in conjunction with our Provincial Health Authorities and WorkSafeBC, ViaSport released its return to Sport Guidelines, and Lifesaving Society released its COVID-19 Recommendations for Aquatic Staff Training and Guidelines for Progressive Reopening of Aquatic Facilities.

Using these guidelines, SwimBC released its’ “Return to Swimming” Guidelines on June 12th and required that all member clubs complete a club-specific Return to Swimming Plan prior to restarting any Club activities and educate their members.

WorkSafeBC also required that a Workplace Safety Plan be developed by facility owners and user groups to support the health and wellness of participants.

The City of Kamloops was able to pull their Aquatic Facility - Workplace Safety Plan together and forward to user groups by June 22nd. They also announced that KCS would be able to resume services, with a limited reopening of Brock Pool on June 29th once necessary COVID-19 plans were submitted.

It was a short time-frame to create these new Board-approved guidelines and policies, but we are excited to announce that after late night Board meeting on Thursday, the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan / Return to Swimming Plan  has been ratified by the KCS Board of Directors and was approved by the City and SwimBC this morning.

We are now clear to move into a limited resumption of services for our membership on Monday, June 29th!  

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY SWIMMER(S)?

The first stage of our reopening requires that we re-engage with our more advanced groups to master our COVID-19 procedures with the group of swimmers that are the most familiar with training techniques (as indicated by ViaSport to reduce risks around physical distancing).

The City has provided us with limited training time (8-10am M-F) with density constraints of 24 athletes in the water at a time (6 per double lane) beginning Monday, June 29th.

This means that we will be focussing on our Senior & Age Group 2 swimmers to begin with. We are hopeful that as we as a province, show that this activity can be done without increasing COVID-19 infection rates, the restrictions will loosen and we will be able to get some of our Novice, Junior and Age Group 1 athletes in the water.

Senior & Age Group 2 swimmers: There are a limited number of spots due to pool density and lane capacity limits. Please sign up on the KCS event page. and complete the 3 required agreements/waivers. Please also print out and review the Return to Swimming at Brock Pool information sheet on that page so your swimmer understands what will be expected of them.  

Novice, Junior & Age Group 1 swimmers: We are exploring having the Novice, Junior and Age Group 1 swimmers involved once coaches are comfortable with COVID-19 protocols and procedures. If you have a swimmer in these groups, please complete the Brock Pool Return to Swimming Expression of Interest event sign-up on this KCS event page. We will follow up once more details become available.

Masters swimmers: More information about our Master’s programs will be released closer to September as more pool space becomes available. Please note that Brock pool will be available for limited public lap swimming, between 10am-3pm Monday to Friday and weekends, if you would like to get back to the pool.

SwimFIT/SwimX: More information about our recreational programs will be released closer to September. Brock pool will be open for public swim if your kids would like to keep swimming this summer!

WHAT IS KCS DOING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE?

To ensure that we have the latest information and that effective protocols are in place, the Board has designated Dr. Chris Prelypchan as our COVID-19 Safety Officer. Dr. Prelypchan will be working with staff to ensure best practices. Please review our COVID-19 Workplace Safety & Return to Swimming Plan (log-in required) for more details.

Sample of New COVID-19 Expected Behaviours

If you choose to participate, you must follow these rules among some others that will be forwarded by coach Brad:

  • If you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home;
  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at a practice until you have self isolated for a minimum of 14 days;
  • If you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID- 19, you must stay home;
  • Wear your suit to practice (no changing at the pool);
  • Wash your hands before participating;
  • NO SHARING OF EQUIPMENT. Bring your own equipment, water bottle and hand sanitizer;
  • No snorkels until further notice.
  • Comply with physical distancing measures at all times both in the pool and on-deck;
  • Avoid physical contact with others, including shaking hands, high fives, etc.;
  • Leave the facility as quickly as possible after you finish.

 

As you can see, there has been a lot of work done to reduce COVID-19 risks in our community/sport. We are respectfully asking that if your family is going to return to swimming, you honour that work by acting responsibly away from the pool.

Limiting behaviours that could affect us all, such as ride sharing and larger group gatherings among friends where physical distancing is challenging, will be important. While we understand and encourage kids to make in-person connections with their peers, we respectfully request that they are done safely to discourage the spread of this virus. One positive case impacts us all.

 The prevalence of COVID-19 is low in our community and let’s keep it that way so we can all enjoy our favourite activities

 

Our “Return to Swimming Plan” is based on current public health guidance. While we are all doing our best to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19, with the virus circulating in our communities it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk. Each participant must make their own decision as to whether it is in their best interest to resume participation at this time. You must take into account your own circumstances and make the decision that is right for you.

Should you choose to join us, we require your full cooperation with our “Return to Swimming Plan” and complete all necessary forms.

 

Sincerely,

Karyn Sutherland

On behalf of the Kamloops Classic Swimming Board of Directors