18 & Under World 100s
Georgia Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 100
Dynamo Families,
It is great to have our full team safely back in the water. We would like to express our gratitude for your patience and support over the past three months. It takes a village to make Dynamo a special place and it is great to have you on our team.
We wanted to provide an update on how we anticipate the summer to evolve regarding practice and competition. As the summer progresses, our primary focus will continue to be the health and safety of our athletes and members. Any changes to schedules and/or safety procedures will be well thought out and communicated in advance. Our goal is to increase practice frequency and/or duration for all groups over the coming weeks. This will obviously be dependent on the evolution of the state and local pandemic guidelines, and we will only adapt our practices schedules if we feel it is safe to do so. In the meantime, our coaches will continue to provide supplemental training and dryland that athletes can do away from Dynamo.
The pandemic has also severely impacted the summer league season. While many pools have chosen not to field a team this summer, we are aware that some are conducting a modified season with practices and in-house meets/events. If your team is having one of these modified seasons, we encourage you to participate (as long as you feel it is safe enough to do so). It is simply a great opportunity for more water time, exercise, and most importantly… FUN! And whether your team is having a season or not, you can help Dynamo in a big way. We rely on the summer leagues for recruiting new members. Our coaches would love the opportunity to share information at your pool or with your team about Dynamo. Please consider letting your lead coach at Dynamo know what team you are affiliated with and we will be sure to get some info to your pool/team.
We also wanted to share our thought process for introducing competition as we hopefully move towards the end of the pandemic. Currently, USA Swimming is not permitting any sanctioned events before June 30 and it is possible that this window is extended by either Georgia Swimming or our National Governing Body. As mentioned before, our primary concern is the safety and health of our athletes. We will only consider introducing competitions when we feel it is safe to do so, and based on the information currently available to us, this would be late July at the earliest. We will also need to understand that meets will look very different when we are able to host them. Our first competitions will likely be small events conducted with only Dynamo athletes. We may be able to eventually progress to virtual meets, where we are able to compete against other teams. In these circumstances, multiple teams would conduct a meet format at their own facilities and the results would be merged electronically and shared for all to see. Eventually, we are confident we will be able to host and/or attend events with multiple teams in one facility.
For this coming week (beginning June 15), there will be no changes to the practice schedule for any group. Dynamo Swim School will resume operation next week and we would like to concentrate on making it a smooth transition for the vital part of Dynamo programing. There will be some modifications to the safety procedures for team athletes, and you will want to read through the updated bullet points below.  
While our staff will no longer be checking athlete temperatures when they arrive, we do ask that you do a self-administered health screen before attending practice. Please answer the following questions each day before you come to a Dynamo Facility. The most concerning threat to an organized sports team is rapid spread within the group. Effective containment depends on early symptom identification, removal from practice (isolation), and strict guidelines regarding return to practice. This form is for personal or family use and you do not need to bring it to practice.
If you had any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours, please remain at home and do not return to practice until you are symptom free for 72 hours. If practical, go to a testing facility to be assessed.
  • Unexplained rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell​
Have you tested positive for COVID-19 or otherwise been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last
14 days? If you answer yes, all three of the following are required before return to practice: a minimum of 14 days of self-quarantine from the positive test, 72 hours with no symptoms, and a subsequent negative test. Testing and results must be reported to the coaching staff to monitor contacts and early signs of transmission within the team or groups.
Have you have had close contact within the last 14-days with someone who has COVID-19 or who has any of the above symptoms? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes per CDC Guidelines.) If you answer yes, to return to practice the swimmer should have no symptoms for 72 hours, a negative test, and no additional close contact with the infected individual.
  • All athletes must return signed copy of the attached waiver to be permitted to attend practice.
  • When arriving at a Dynamo facility, be sure to practice social distancing when parking and walking into the building.
  • Athletes will only be permitted to enter the building 10 minutes before their scheduled practice. If they arrive early, they must wait in their car until the appropriate time to enter the building.
  • Athletes must leave Dynamo immediately at the completion of any practice. There should be no socializing in the parking lot before or after any practice.
  • Parents/spectators will not be allowed in the building at any time and are expected to practice social distancing when waiting for their swimmer. We understand this may bring Safe Sport concerns. We will have multiple coaches, lifeguards, and staff on site always. This will allow us to exceed “two deep leadership” and operate well within the requirements of Safe Sport.
  • Athletes will be guided to a specific entrance to enter/exit each facility.
  • All doors to the building will be propped open to limit athletes from touching any surfaces.
  • Athletes should be prepared to arrive and depart in their suits.
  • Restroom breaks will be limited to two persons at a time for each locker room. Please follow each facility’s guideline on restroom use. Locker rooms should not be used for changing or showering. A reminder that Safe Sport policy strictly prohibits deck changing.
  • There will be a plan for athletes to leave their personal belongings in an assigned space to ensure social distancing on the pool deck. We ask that you only bring what is necessary for practice and limit the items that come into the facility. Once athletes enter the building, they will go immediately to their assigned spot and await instructions from their coach.
  • Athletes should bring their own water bottles (already filled). Use of the water fountains at the facility will be prohibited.
  • Athletes will not be permitted to store their equipment bags at Dynamo. They must take them home after each practice.
  • Staff are required to wear PPE masks while on duty.
  • Athletes will swim with a maximum of four (4) athletes per lane, staggering their start positions within lanes to ensure social distancing.
  • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible social distancing when they are away from the pool as well.
  • Athletes and families who travel by air, or to an area deemed high risk by the staff, will need to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to practice. We are expecting clear communication and full transparency from families on this.
  • Dynamo staff will be disinfecting the bathrooms throughout the day and we will provide disinfecting wipes inside the restrooms as well.  Additionally, we will be fogging the high use areas nightly at closing with an approved disinfectant.
Best Regards,
Dynamo Swim Club