Return to Swim Document

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Risk Assessment Questions

Return to Sport (COVID-19) Committee (Name and Role)

Safety

Exclusion Plans:

Exception:

Risk Assessment Survey

Physical Distancing

Equipment:

Safe Sport:

Phased in Approach:

Training Groups

Pool Layout:

Training Times

Coaching:

Coaches:

Education:

Education to Coaches, Board Members and Administrators

Education to Athlete and Families

Resource Links:

Updated Team Code of Conduct:

Addition of new swimmers to the club

Refunds:

Reevaluation:

The return to sport committee will meet to review the return to swim plan:

September 19, 2020

October 5, 2020

Other dates: TBD

Training Facility Information Harry Bailey:

Indoor Training Facility: Harry Bailey Aquatic Center

Facility Address and Contact Information:

Facility Layout:

Facility Protocols for Cleaning: Areas

Facility guidelines and requirements from attendees:

Training Facility Information Ignite:

Dryland Training Location:

Training Times:

Group attending training session at  Ignite:

 

      Risk Assessment Questions

  1. Will the training be held in a community that has documented active local transmission of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? Yes, Saskatoon.

 

  1. Will the training be held in a venues/ facilities with access by multiple groups? The training will be held at a facility that is used by other teams and training groups. The pool the Lasers athletes are training in will be exclusively for the team.  The team will not be sharing their pool space with anyone else.   

 

  1. Will the groups include team members relocating from areas outside the training location that have documented active local transmission of COVID-19? NO

 

  1. Will the groups include participants (athletes and coaches) at higher risk of severe COVID-19? Yes, there will be. Included in this will be the Head Coach and three Paralympic athletes.

 

  1. Is the training considered at higher risk of spread of COVID-19 (where physical distancing cannot be maintained, indirect contact through training equipment etc.…)? Harry Bailey will be set up to enforce effective physical distancing.  The facility will have arrows and markers directing individuals throughout the facility and where to stand.  Swimmers will be limited to six per double lane, staggered throughout.

 

  1. Will the training be held indoors? Yes, the training will be held indoors at Harry Bailey

 

 

Return to Sport (COVID-19) Committee (Name and Role)

 

Eric Kramer – Head Coach (will be the point of contact)

Tricia Weiland – President

Sheryl Harlton – Club Administrator

Ryan Jones – Assistant Coach

 Jayson Peace - Treasurer

 

Safety

 

  • Saskatoon Lasers Swim Club swimmers and coaches must electronically complete an “Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk Form”.  This form will be completed within the Swimming Canada National Registration system for the 2020-2021 season and MUST be completed within 14 days of commencing participation. There are no exceptions.
    • Coaches will have a mask
    • Swimmers must wear a mask until they are in the water
  • When arriving at the pool, swimmers must have a mask on until they enter the pool
  • Swimmer must keep 2m meters apart at all time once they leave the car on arrival and until exiting the pool area
    • Swimmers should arrive no earlier than 15-minutes for training.
  • Swimmers should be prepared to arrive in their swimsuits and to leave in their swimsuits.
  • There will be a preliminary zoom meeting September 6, 2020 to review the return to swim protocols with the athletes and their families.  
    • Safe Sport Rules and Policies will continue to be enforced.
  • Athletes are to be dropped off and picked up in front of the building. Pick up should not be in the building or near it to promote physical distancing.
    • Spectators are not permitted during practice.
    • Dryland training will not be taking place on deck
    • Personal belongings will be stored in specific locations on the pool deck.  
    • Flex group will store backpacks along the South glass wall. 
    • HP backpacks will be stored along the West wall by the women’s bathrooms.  
    • TAG 1 backpacks will be stored along the North wall just West of the kayaks (near the lifeguard office).  
    • TAG ¾ bags will be stored by the deep end under the diving towers. 
    •  JAG2 bags will be stored along the South glass wall.  
    • JAG1 bags will be stored under the towers in the deep end. 
    • When swimmers are not swimming, they should be at their designated spots in the lane to ensure physical distancing.  
    • Locker rooms will be locked. 
    • The only bathrooms available to the team will be the bathrooms under the stairs of the bleachers.  This will be sanitized before and after each use.  
    • The entry will be the front doors of Harry Bailey and the Exit door will be the North door under the stairs between SIATS and Harry Bailey pool. 

 

Excusion Plans:

  • All members must adhere to the rules, regulations, and protocols.
  • If any swimmer or coach is sick, they MUST stay home.
  • If any swimmer or coach should show any COVID-19 symptoms, they must not attend training. 
  • If a swimmer arrives at practice showing any symptoms, they must return home, stay home and self-isolate.  
  • They should call the Healthline at 8-1-1 to see if a COVID-19 test is required.
  • Swimmers and coaches must see a physician and be cleared for training/coaching after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19.

 

 

Exception:

  • A chair lift will be available at Harry Bailey to assist Nikita Ens with getting out of the pool.  The chair lift will be sanitized before and after each use.  If the chair lift  is out of service, Nikita Ens will require assistance getting out of the pool by two individuals. The individuals will remain consistent who help her in and out. They will also wear a face mask and will sanitize their hands prior to and after assisting.  

 

 

Risk Assessment Survey

 

Prior to each training session athletes will be required to answer a Health Survey before each training session. The survey will be submitting through a google form and will be monitored by the Return to Sport Committee. If an athlete or coach answers yes to any of the questions they are required to stay home.  If an athlete has not filled out the form prior to attending practice they will not be able to attend the practice.  The questions will include the following:

Link to Fit for Training Questionnaire: (Competitive Team)https://forms.gle/7TXvPgt9HYYxWuLM9

 

Link to Fit for Swimming Questionnaire (Pool School): https://forms.gle/JrYVmydWdWx62dNp6

 

  1. Do you have any of the symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, difficult breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, abnormal muscle pain, headache, sore throat, painful swallowing, runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, gastrointestinal illness?

 

 

  1. Have you been in contact with or cared for someone with COVID-19?

 

 

  1. Have you returned from a trip outside the country within the last two weeks?

 

 

  1. The questionnaire at the top of this page needs to be completed before arriving at the pool. Please follow the link: https://forms.gle/7TXvPgt9HYYxWuLM9

 

 

Physical Distancing

Exclusive usage of the facility will allow for easy use of social distancing. All athletes, staff and pool staff will adhere to social distancing guidelines and will maintain a distance of 2m.

The pool will be set up in a way so that when swimmers are distant in the pool. The groups will swim in an 8-lane set up in the competition side of the pool.  The lanes will consist of four to six swimmers per double lane.  

Athletes will arrive in their training suits and will leave in their training suits.  Harry Bailey will have directional arrows that will help individuals navigate the facility while ensuring they are able to keep a 2m distance from others.  Athletes will also be sent a video walk through of the facility prior to attending their first practice session.  Athletes will arrive at the front doors of Harry Bailey and will exit through the North door which is by the Siast building and Harry Bailey.  

Athletes must wear a mask once they leave the car until they are about to enter the pool. Also wear a mask while returning to the car.

 

 

Equipment:

Athletes will use limited equipment in the initial training group to get back into the pool. Equipment that should be left on the side of the pool will include snorkel and fins.

Equipment will be placed 2m apart at indicated lines. Equipment will not be shared or stored at the facility. White boards will not be used during the practice and practices will not be handed out. Swimmers will be e-mailed practices in advanced which they can review, and write out.

Personal items should be kept to a minimum but will have a designated storage area for them to be dropped off at which allows for easier cleaning.

 

 

Safe Sport:

All efforts will be made to ensure an Open and Observable environment is always maintained to protect the athletes and coaches. All interactions between an athlete and an individual of trust will always be in an open and observable environment to others. This will also apply to online communication as well. If a meeting needs to happen between a coach and swimmer, a zoom meeting will be set up which will include the Head coach, a board member, the athlete and a parent or guardian if necessary.

 

Travel:

As directed by the Government of Saskatchewan, travel for interprovincial competitions will not be taking place.  This will be reassessed as the information from the Government changes and any travel will resume once restrictions are lifted.

 

 

Phased in Approach:

The programming will take a phased in approach in the clubs return to swim.   The return groupings and dates are listed below.

 

Athletes from the competitive team groups have complete a summer training session which allows the coaches and athletes to gain an understanding of how to swim in the current layout where they will be swimming in a 6 swimmer staggered configuration in a double lane.  

 

 Group:

 Return Date

 Flex

 September 8, 2020

 HP

 September 8, 2020

 TAG 2

 September 8, 2020

 TAG 1

 September 8, 2020

 JAG 2

 September 8, 2020

 JAG 1

 September 8, 2020

 Pool School 3

 September 21, 2020

 Pool School 4

 September 21, 2020

 Para 

 October 17, 2020

 

Training Groups

  • Athletes will be separated into training groups and will not move between groups or lanes. 
  • Athletes will not change groups and or have athletes added to their group. 
  • Any athletes that have underlying health conditions and are more vulnerable will train within a small group in the pool to avoid exposure to other individuals.  
  • Athletes will be swimming in a 6 swimmer per double lane configuration staggered throughout to ensure physical distancing. 
  • The returning groups will have had a number of athletes from each training group that attend training in the summer swimming sessions with the Lasers.  
  • Flex, HP, TAG 2,1 will share the same pool when training but will be within their own space.  JAG 1 and 2 will be within their own space when training.
  • The first week will focus on  learning the process and safety  measures involved in swimming during this time.  
  • The numbers below reflect the maximum swimmers we are allowed to have and the lane spacing accommodates. These numbers.  Registration is still on going at this time.  

 

 Group:

 Pool Location

 # of Swimmers

 Flex time (Para)

 Competition pool (shallow)

 3-8

 HP

 Competition pool (shallow) 

 5

 TAG 2

 Competition pool (shallow)

 8          

 TAG 1

 Competition pool (shallow)

 27

 JAG 2

 Competition pool (deep)

 15

 JAG 1

 Competition pool (shallow)

 15

 Pool School 3

 Leisure Pool

 30

 Pool School 4

 Competition pool (deep)

 30

 Para 

 

 TBD

 

Flex is an adapted schedule so athletes can come in earlier to train but they stay within the same training group.  

 

 

Integrating a new athlete to the club

 

  • If a new swimmer is added to the club they will go through the same process as the other swimmers, where they will have to have a zoom call to go over the protocols before attending training.  
  • The athletes must electronically complete an “Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk Form”.  This form will be completed within the Swimming Canada National Registration system for the 2020-2021 season and MUST be completed within 14 days of commencing participation. There are no exceptions.
  • The Return to Sport Committee will meet to discuss the addition of a swimmer on a swimmer by swimmer basis.  If they are travelling from a high risk area they may be asked to wait 14 days prior to attending training. 

 

 

 

Competitive Team Training Set-up (6 swimmers staggered in a double lane)

The competitive Team will follow the lane swimming protocols which are found in the Swimming Canada and Swim Saskatchewan guidelines.  

 

 

Yellow is the lane ropes and the pool will be divided in half so it is set up 2-3 swimmers per double lane staggered.  The brown line is the lane going across the pool dividing the pool into two pools.  

 

Pool School 3 (Leisure Pool)                                    Pool School 4 (Competition)

 

 

Training Times

 

JAG 2/3 - This a 2x a week program chosen from the JAG 1 schedule

JAG 1

Monday                                                          6:00pm - 7:30pm

Wednesday / Friday                                       6:00pm - 7:00pm

 

JAG 2

Monday / Wednesday / Friday                        6:00pm - 7:30pm

 

TAG ¾

Monday / Wednesday / Friday                       4:00pm - 6:00pm

 

TAG 1

Monday / Wednesday / Friday                        4:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday                                                          6:45am -8:45am

 

TAG 2

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday       4:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday                                                         6:45am - 8:45am

 

HP

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday       4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tuesday                                                          6:00am - 7:30am

Thursday                                                         4:00pm - 6:00pm (Shaw)

Saturday                                                         6:45am - 8:45am

 

FLEX

Monday /Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday        2:30pm- 4:00pm

Saturday                                                         6:45am - 8:45am

 

 

 

 

Coaching:

All coaches will adhere to physical distancing with athletes. Coaches will remain within a designated coaching area which is away from athletes, spectators, and any pool staff. Coaches will also adhere to all Swim Saskatchewan and Swim Canada guidelines and forms before being able to enter the pool deck. This will be indicated below on the pool diagram.

 

 

Coaches:

 

 Last Name:

 First Name:

Position

Group Coaching:

 Kramer

 Eric

 Head Coach

Flex/HP/TAG2/TAG1

 Jones

 Ryan

Assistant Coach

Flex/HP/TAG2/TAG1

 Jundt

 Akeela

Assistant Coach

TBD

 Khalaj

 Sara

Assistant Coach

JAG2

 Harlton

 Rachael

Assistant Coach

JAG1

 

Education:

 

Education to Coaches, Board Members and Administrators

Coaches and club administrators will attend facility orientation training to understand facility layout and protocols. Information will come from the training facility, as well as the COVID-19 Resource HUB on the Swimming Canada and Swim Saskatchewan website.

 

Education to Athlete and Families

Information will be relayed to athletes and families by the club. Risk acknowledgement forms will be signed as well as an updated Code of Conduct which will acknowledge the athlete understands the new safety protocols that are required in order to ensure a safe training environment.

Zoom meetings will take place to review the protocols that will be in place when athletes need to enter the pool which will give them the opportunity to ask questions prior to entering the training environment. This will ensure a smooth transition into the facility and into the pool with minimum disruptions.    This zoom meeting will take place September 6, 2020.

 

 

Updated Team Code of Conduct:

 

  • Adhere to all Provincial, Municipal and Facility specific guidelines.

 

  • Adhere to Swim Saskatchewan and Swimming Canada Return to Swimming Plan

 

  • Lead by example.

 

  • Maintain a minimum of 2m from all athletes, coaches, staff and Harry Bailey facility staff. 

 

  • Feedback to Coaches, including notification if they have a negative response to the Health Monitoringquestions.

 

  • Complete the ONLINE Swimming Canada Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk Form prior to participating in any club outdoor activity. Parents must complete for minors.

 

  • Athletes must remain consistent with their training group and cannot drop into other training sessions.  

 

  • Maintain Contact list of those outside your home and training group.

 

  • Complete Daily Screening prior to beginning training.

 

  • If an athlete answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions, they MUST stay home and call the hotline if testing is required.  

 

 

 

Refunds:

  • If a full shutdown occurs and the whole team cannot train (i.e. government closes the facility) , the fees will be paused and no one will be charged.  Refunds will be given.  
  • If a swimmer(s) is required to self-isolate at home and cannot attend training a refund will not be given. 

 

 

Re-evaluation:

The return to sport committee will meet to review the return to swim plan, to acknowledge any risks, make adjustments or changes in dates to ensure the safety of all athletes, coaches and staff.

 

September 19, 2020

October 5, 2020

Other dates: TBD

 

 

Training Facility Information  - Harry Bailey:

Indoor Training Facility: Harry Bailey Aquatic Center

 

Facility Address and Contact Information:

   1110 Idylwyld Dr N, Saskatoon SK

    S7L 4J7

 

Contact: Michelle Wolfe - Aquatic Director - 

Facility Layout: Harry Bailey will have arrows directing traffic through the facility.  There will be a one way entry and a one way exit.    

 Facility Protocols for Cleaning: Areas: Equipment and commonly touched areas within the facility will be cleaned after each interaction.  

 Facility guidelines and requirements from attendees: Athletes are required to sign in. complete a questionnaire and hand sanitize upon  entering  the facility.  

 

 

Training Facility Information  - Ignite:

 

Dryland Training Location:

Ignite:  1303 Avenue P S, Saskatoon, 

SK S7M 2T7

 

Training Times:

Wednesday: 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. 

 

Group attending training at Ignite: HP

 

 

Training Facility Information  - Shaw Centre:

 

Emergency Action Plan:

 

Training Group Protocol for Positive Test:

 

If an athlete or staff is tested positive for COVID-19 the following steps will be taken as directed by Swimming Canada:

  • The athlete will be required to leave the training group.
  • Team training will be suspended and are required to self-isolate.
  • Contact the local public health authority for further guidance.
  • Notify Swim Saskatchewan
  • Any other athletes experiencing symptoms will be required to notify the public health authority for further guidance.
    • Team training will resume if:
      • All team members undergo self-isolation for 14-days and are clear of all symptoms.
    • Cleared by a physician to return to training.
      • Cleared by Swim Saskatchewan and Swim Canada to return to training.

 

 

 

 

 

Resource Links:

 

Swim Sask Covid-19 Resource 

Swimming Canada Covid-19 Resource Hub

Government of Sask - COVID-19

Government of Canada – COVID-19