AGGIE SWIM CLUB 

Gulf Swimming

COVID-19 POLICIES FOR AGGIE SWIM CLUB:

All:

Please review these guidelines with your swimmer prior to the first day of swim so there is no confusion.  By attending the practice sessions you are agreeing to all policies outlined below.  Any swimmer not willing or able to follow these protocols will not be allowed to participate in practice sessions.  We appreciate your cooperation and we hope that with these safety guidelines in place we will all remain healthy.

All families will be required to sign the Aggie Swim Club's COVID-19 waiver.


Below is some information on how the Club will handle the COVID-19 situation.  Please remember the most important ways you can help prevent the transmission of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough by using your sleeve or arm -- not your hands.
  • Limit touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly-touched areas of your home frequently.
  • Stay away from those who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, contact your physician immediately.
  • All swimmers must adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by the coaches of the Club.
  • No swimmer may attend practice if he/she is feeling sick, including headache, chills, fever, dizziness, nausea, cough, muscle pain/aches, sore throat, difficulty breathing, etc.  Parents should perform a self-administered health screen before the swimmer shows up for practice.  If any symptoms are present please do not bring your swimmer to practice and please contact your health professional for information about testing facilities and availability.
  • Swimmers who travel by air or car out of the State of Texas must social distance from practice activities for three (3) days and must obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to regular practice activity.  As long as the swimmer remains symptom-free for three days and has a COVID-19 negative test result he/she may return to practice activities.  Swimmers who travel internationally or by cruise must quarantine upon return for fourteen (14) days and obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to practice activities.
  • No swimmer may attend practice if he/she has been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until he/she has tested negative for COVID-19 and has been symptom-free for 72 hours.  (Close contact is defined as being within six (6) feet for more than ten (10) minutes per CDC guidelines).  Swimmers who have tested positive must complete a fourteen (14) day quarantine, have 72 hours symptom-free and must have a negative test result prior to returning to practice activities.
  • All swimmers will have their temperature taken prior to entering any practice facility.  Any swimmer with a temperature higher than normal (above 99.6) will not be allowed to enter the facility.
  • Parents will not be allowed on the pool deck or near any group of swimmers.  Parents must meet their swimmer at the exit of the practice facility and may not co-mingle with swimmers prior to or after any practice.
  • Swimmers will not be allowed to congregate before practices.  Swimmers will not be allowed to enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to the start of a practice and must exit the facility immediately upon the end of practice.  Swimmers should not congregate outside of the facility.
  • All swimmers MUST be picked up immediately following practices.  No swimmer will be allowed to remain beyond the end of the practice session and swimmers will not be allowed to co-mingle with other swimmers.  Swimmers not picked up at exactly the practice end time will be dropped from the swim group and will not be allowed to participate further.
  • No swimmer may share any equipment.  All practice equipment must be brought home at the end of practice each day and must come back with the swimmer for practice the next day.  Swimmers should bring a FULL water bottle each day.  Water fountains will not be available.
  • Swimmers will be required to wear masks upon entering all facilities and on the pool deck and anytime they are not in the water.  Once in the water the mask may be removed.
  • Swimmers will abide by the physical distancing guidelines by keeping a 6-foot distance between each other at all times unless acute injury, risk mitigation, or safety measures require otherwise.  Coaches will assist swimmers in maintaining physical distance on deck and will ensure there are assigned areas for personal belongings.  Upon entering a facility the swimmer will go immediately to their assigned area and will wait there for instructions to enter the pool.
  • Swimmers will be required to wipe down all equipment after every use with sanitation supplies.  Coaches will minimize the surfaces touched by swimmers during practice times.
  • Please note that bathroom facilities ARE NOT available to any swimmer.  Swimmers must show up in their swim suits and leave in their swim suits.  We will have pre-determined doors for entrance and exit for all swimmers.
  • All coaches will wear face masks during practices.

 

            All testing and results must be reported to the Ags coaching staff in order to ensure the health and safety of all swimmers and families and mitigate transmission within the team or practice groups.

Please keep our Ags coaching staff informed if your swimmer has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if they themselves have tested positive.  Early notification and containment is the best practice to keep the virus from spreading.  We will continue to monitor the situation and base all decisions on CDC, State and local government recommendations.

Information and resources about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website.

 

 

POSITIVE TEST PROCEDURE

1. Should a Coach or swimmer test positive or otherwise is diagnosed with COVID-19, the following measures will be required:

a. Please report a positive test to your coach immediately

b. A minimum of 14 days of self-quarantine from the positive test

c. 72 hours with no symptoms

d. A negative viral test (usually a nasal swab test) and a doctor’s note.

          i. If a second negative viral test for the virus is recommended by your healthcare provider, that test would also need to be negative prior to returning to the pool.

e. The facility that the coach or swimmer has trained or worked with in the last 48 hours will not have practice for a minimum of 24 hours.

f. The family of swimmers who have trained in the same lane or adjacent lanes to the swimmer will be notified

g. The groups that the coach has worked with in the last 48 hours will be notified

h. The swimmer or coaches name will remain confidential per legal requirements

i. Antibody Test will not be used for returning to the pool – Click here for link to differences in Covid-19 Testing

          i. Reminder:

          1. A viral test tells you if you have a current infection

          2. An antibody test tells you if you had a previous infection or may still be infected

 

2. Should a swimmer or coach have close contact (within six feet) for a prolonged period of time (10 minutes or more) with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is presumed to be COVID-19 positive, the following measures will be required

a. A minimum of 72 hours of self-quarantine with no symptoms, A negative viral test (usually a nasal swab test) and a doctor’s note

          i. If a second negative nasal swab test for the virus is recommended by your health care provider, that test would also need to be negative prior to returning to the pool and a doctor’s note.

b. Or A minimum of 14 days of self-quarantine, no symptoms in the last 72 hours and a doctor’s

          i. No additional close contact with the infected individual

 

Click here for a link to the CDC’s page on Testing for Covid-19

Click here for a link to the CDC’s page on Public Health Guidance for Community – Related Exposure