6/18/2020 Update

We’re almost done with our 3rd week of swimming!  Please read this email thoroughly as it is a significant update from our original plan that we’ve been following since June 1.

First, we appreciate your patience and flexibility in adapting to the changing conditions and procedures surrounding practice and other SKA related activities.  We also thank those who have made their concerns known to us so that we can do our best to address them.

The following are changes to the current plan:

  • Temperature checks will be discontinued.  In the past 3 weeks, we have had zero swimmers with fevers.  We feel that this is due to parents and swimmers understanding the severity of risk when coming to practice sick and self-monitoring.  Please continue to self-monitor and stay home if have a fever or feel sick.  If a swimmer appears sick to a coach during practice, a coach may ask to take that swimmer’s temperature and determine whether the swimmer needs to be sent home.
  • Swimmers will not be escorted out to the parking after practice.   With the quick turnaround time between practices, it is not feasible for coaches to escort swimmers out of the pool.  This was included in the original plan and was quickly found to be unfeasible.  We appreciate all of you for adapting to this without prior notice.  If your child needs adult supervision to exit the pool, please come in to facility to collect your child.
  • Bathroom occupancy will continue to be limited to ONE SKA swimmer at a time (per gender).   Locker rooms continue to be off-limits to SKA swimmers during practice.  While we recommend our Gold/SR swimmers keep their swimsuits under their activewear, we understand that the movements required during dryland practice may be harmful to certain swimsuits.  Gold/SR swimmers may use the bathroom stalls to change between dryland and swim if necessary.  Bathroom occupancy is still limited to one swimmer (per gender) per bathroom at a time.
  • Training Equipment.   Equipment is an important part of training.  Groups will begin using equipment in practice.  For the Bronze and Silver groups, they will begin using kickboards and fins.  For the Gold and Senior groups, they will be using kickboards, fins, and pool buoys.  We recommend that all swimmers have their own equipment.  For those who have their own equipment, they will need to transport their equipment to and from the pool each day.  Swimmers are not allowed to store equipment at the pool.  For those who do not have their own equipment yet, the YMCA has kickboards that can be used.  If a swimmer requires a YMCA-owned kickboard, a coach will attempt to sanitize it with a sanitizing spray or wipe.  We cannot guarantee sanitation as the kickboars are made from a porous material.  If your child does not have a kickboard and you have a concern about using a YMCA kickboard, please let the coach know and your child can continue the workout without equipment. Training with equipment begins on Monday 6/22/20.
  • Dryland Training .  Dryland training will continue for the Gold and Senior groups on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  In order to maintain social distancing, some workouts may be done on the grassy field.  We recommend swimmers bring an extra towel to use as a workout mat during dryland workouts.
  • Cleanliness of facility seating We cannot be sure how often facility equipment is sanitized.  If you need to wait for your child at the pool and have concerns about sanitized surfaces, please see a coach for cleaning supplies to sanitize your waiting area.
  • Monthly Dues.   Monthly dues will return to normal rates effective July 1, 2020.

 

The biggest change moving forward is the schedule.  In order to keep social distancing and serve the most swimmers as possible,  practice schedules will be adjusted effective Monday 6/22/20  as follows:

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE 

(effective 06/22/20)

BRONZE

SILVER

GOLD/SR

Monday - Friday

3:15pm - 4:00pm

1 swimmer per lane

Monday - Friday

4:00pm - 5:00pm

2 swimmers per lane

Monday - Friday

AM Swim 7:00am - 9:00am  

Monday 

Swim 5:00pm-6:15pm  

Tuesday - Thursday

Dryland 4:00-4:45

Swim 5:00pm - 6:15pm  

Friday

Swim 4:30pm - 6:00pm  

Saturday

8am-10am

 

Up to 4 swimmers per lane

Please note that we will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of our schedules and procedures and adjust as necessary.

If you have any questions regarding practice, schedules, or equipment, please direct your questions to Coach Curt.  If you have any concerns about policies or our team’s approach to addressing the health and safety of our swimmers, please contact Ikaika Perreira.

 

6/5/2020 Update

Given the number of swimmers we've seen over the last week, Coach Curt has proposed the following changes to our schedule:

 
Bronze (no change)
  • M-F 3:30-4:05pm

  • 1 per lane

Silver 

  • M-F 4:15-5:15pm

  • 2 per lane

  • Swimmers need their own fins

Gold/Seniors

  • Morning Practice: M-F 7-9am; Sat. 8-10am

  • Afternoon Practice:  M 5:15-6:15pm; T-F 4:15-6:00pm

  • Up to 4 per lane

  • Dryland - Updates will be forthcoming

Other Considerations:
  • NO weekly practice limits

  • NO Sign Up.  Based on our numbers last week, we think we can handle all swimmers.  If we find that our numbers are beyond our capacity, limits and sign ups may be re-instituted.  For now, just show up to the practice you wish to attend.

  • If you or your swimmer notice pain or difficulty with completing these longer workouts, please consult with Coach Curt via email or before practice (not on the deck).

All other safeguards will remain in place (temperature checks, locker room restrictions, social distancing, lane spacing, etc.)

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Ikaika Perreira or Coach Curt.

 

 
5/30/2020 Update
 
Given the governor's approval of Mayor's Emergency Rule #11 which allows organized outdoor team sports to resume on June 1, we will enact the plan presented on 05/24/20 beginning on Monday June 1 with the following amendments:
 
  1. The plan will be effective June 1-June 6.  After gathering attendance data and feasibility of our safeguards, we will re-assess lane density and schedules for June 8-June 13 and possibly beyond.
  2. The weekly practice limits are in place for online sign ups.  However, if you would like to practice beyond the limits set forth in the plan, you may consult with Coach Curt and he will indicate whether you may add additional practice sessions during this phase of re-opening.
  3. If you are having difficulty finding a time to practice to due full practice sessions on the online sign up, you may contact Coach Curt for other options.
  4. Morning practices for Gold/SR group will be extended form 7:30am-9:00am.
  5. Single swimmer per lane sessions (silver and gold/sr) changed to Wednesday.  If the signup is full and you need a single lane for your swimmer, please reach out to Coach Curt to see what your options are.
 
The signup sheet for June 1-June 8 will remain in place.  If you need to alter your previous sign up, please contact Ikaika Perreira with corrected days and times.  A pdf copy of the updated plan was emailed to all active team members on 5/30/20.
 
5/26/2020 Update
 
As I mentioned in our meeting, last Friday, we submitted our proposal to the county Emergency Management Team for approval.  While the feedback regarding the plan and it's attention to the safety of our swimmers was positive, we  DID NOT RECEIVE APPROVAL to move into Phase 2 of our plan resume practice.  In their response, it said:
"While "pools" have been reopened under Mayor's Emergency Rule 10, the Emergency Management Team pointed out that outdoor, organized team sports have not yet been allowed to resume. As such, it has been determined that Swim Kauai would not yet be allowed to operate."
While we hoped for a favorable answer, we anticipated that this might be the result given the details of they Mayor's Emergency Rule #10.  It is expected that the county plans to submit additional rules to the governor for approval which would go into effect on June 1.  We are hopeful that the proposal will include guidelines for team sports.
 
Given this information, PRACTICE  WILL NOT RESUME tomorrow.  We will continue with Phase 1 (individual workouts) and plan to move into Phase 2 once the county updates it's emergency rules.  Online signups will be discotinued until a date for Phase 2 is established.  If you would like to do indpendent workouts at the YMCA whlie we await guidance/approval, please reach out to Coach Curt at [email protected] for suggestions.
 
Thank you all for your patience and support.  We're excited to get back in the pool, but we're also committed to being responsible members of community.  We will keep you updated as soon as information is made available to us. 
 
 
5/24/2020 Update
 
On May 22, 2020, Mayor's Emergency Rule #10 was implemented.  This rule allowed the re-opening of public and private pools.  A team meeting was held via Zoom on 5/24/20.  A plan was for the team's return to swimming was presented.
 
4/27/2020 Update
Aloha SKA Ohana,
 
We hope this email finds you and your family in good health and high spirits.  In our last email, we promised to give you an update by April 28th regarding team activities.  
 
On April 25, 2020, Governor Ige issued his  Sixth Supplementary Proclamation.  Related to the COVID-19 Emergaency.  In his proclamation, he announced a statewide coordinated effort in managing the emergency response directing all counties to obtain his approval prior to issuing any emergency order.  He reiterated that "All places of public gathering, whether indoors or outdoors, including but not limited to fitness centers, gyms...shall be closed to the public."   "...This Proclamation shall take effect on April 26, 2020 at 12:01 am and remain in place until 11:59 pm on May 31, 2020." 
 
In accordance with the Governor's proclamation,  the suspension of all SKA activities will continue through 5/31/20.  During this time, NO in-person training will be offered.  Gold and Senior swimmers will continue to receive one virtual dryland session per week taught by Coach Missy.  No dues will be collected during the suspension.  All members will be notified when billing resumes.  As we've observed over the past weeks, circumstances can change as new information and data are updated.  If updates to the governor's proclamation are released prior to 5/31/20, which allow activities to resume, an email update will be sent at that time.
 
We know that these rules and closures have a tremendous effect on the physical and mental health of each of our swimmers and their families.  If we can be of assistance, please reach out and we will try our best to connect you to resources that may be available to your family.  
 
We urge each of you follow social distancing guidelines and other safety measures recommended by state health officials.  We miss our swimmers and can't wait to see everyone back in the pool just in time for the warm summer water!
 
Mahalo,
Ikaika Perreira, SKA President
Board of Directors

4/19/2020 Update

Aloha SKA 'Ohana,

It's been just over a month since we decided to suspend all  SKA related activities.  We hope this message finds each of you in good health and good spirits.  Between the increased social distancing measures, the definitive closure of schools throughout the remainder of the school year, and the economic impacts of these closures, we understand this can be a time of stress and uncertainty.
 
As an organization,  SKA is committed to supporting our local, state and federal measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Our suspension of activities will continue through April 30, 2020 as communicated in our email sent on March 18, 2020.  
 
On April 16, 2020, the Board of Directors met to discuss  SKA operations.  In that meeting, we discussed what various team members are doing to maintain their skills.  Some reported doing at home strengthening and cardio.  Others reported doing open water swims at various beaches around the island such as Kalapaki Bay and Waiohai Beach in Poipu.  We are continually amazed by each of our athletes' commitment to their fitness and progress. 
 
This morning, Coach Curt offered for himself and a few of our assistant coaches to lead swimmers in groups of 10 or less in open water workouts.  It is this kind of commitment from our coaches to our athletes that make  SKA special.  Upon further evaluation of the current environment and safety concerns related to open water swimming, the Board has asked the coaches to reconsider their offer for open water workouts.  The coaches have agreed to retract their offer and   NO coach-led swim workouts will be offered through April 30th.  If you are considering personal swimming workouts at this time, please feel free to contact Coach Curt for guidance on self-monitored swimming workouts.  As always, be safe and use appropriate supervision.
 
The Board has approved virtual dryland workouts for swimmers in the Gold and Senior swim groups.  These workouts will be led by Coach Missy each Wednesday at 3:30pm on Zoom.  An email will be sent out later to Gold and Senior swimmers with more information.  
 
The health and safety of our coaches and athletes is our top priority.  Please continue to follow the guidance of our local and state officials.  We hope to send out further information concerning  SKA activities after April 30th by April 28th.

Mahalo,
Ikaika Perreira,  SKA President
SKA Board of Directors

 

3/17/2020 Update

Aloha SKA 'Ohana,

It appears that it's nearly impossible to stay up to date with updates and announcements these days, but we at Swim Kauai Aquatics are doing our best to stay informed and follow the suggestions given by health officials regarding COVID-19.  
 
In a statement put out on 3/17/20 by USA Swimming, they have extended the suspension of all USA Swimming sanctioned events through April 30, 2020.  They also said:
As of today, the CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the coronavirus. This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. This should also include team training and practices."  
As a board, we have decided to follow the recommendation of USA Swimming and suspend all practices and other events sponsored by SKA until April 30, 2020.  This may be amended at anytime as new information and guidelines are released. 
 
On April 1, 2020, you will not be charged swimming dues for the month of April.  Dues will resume when the team returns to practice.  It is up to each individual swimmer/family to cancel or maintain their YMCA membership during the practice suspension. It is unclear whether the YMCA will remain open as many gyms in the community have begun to shutter their doors.   
 
We urge all swimmers and their families to follow the recommendations of health officials by cleaning your hands often and effectively, avoiding close contact with others, staying home if you are sick, and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
 
If you have any questions, please contact team administration.
 
Aloha,
Ikaika Perreira
President, Swim Kauai Aquatics