Bayside Aquatics

COVID-19 Protocols

This guide has been established for documenting procedures and protocols of best practices by USA Swimming and the Maryland Swimming COVID-19 Re-Opening Task Force. This guide was established to provide a framework for which Bayside Aquatics can safely participate in outdoor/indoor practices. The goal is to help minimize risk and create the safest possible environment for swimmers and coaches and to minimize exposure and potential contamination across the club. 

  • DO NOT COME TO THE POOL IF YOU ARE SICK.
  • Perform a COVID-19 Self-Assessment daily (see COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment Checklist).
  • Locker rooms will only be used for emergency bathroom use (one at a time).
  • Come to practice and leave practice with swim suit on. 
  • Use the bathroom at home before coming to the facility.
  • Use hand sanitizer immediately before entering the facility.
  • Come to practice with a full water bottle. Do NOT share water bottles.
  • Wear facial coverings to enter and exit the facility.
  • Facial coverings are always required within the facility, including immediately prior to entering and upon exiting the water.
  • Do not congregate before, during, or after practice.
  • Vacate the facility as soon as possible.
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Return directly to your personal items when practice ends and prepare to leave immediately.
  • Label all personal items, so there is no mix up during practice.
  • Respect all social distancing rules.

Guidance for Coaches

  • Always maintain a minimum 6 ft distance from the edge of the pool during the workout.
  • Wear a face covering at all times during practice.
  • Communicate regularly with swimmers advising them to stay home when they have cold or flu-like symptoms.

Guidance for Parents

  • Parents are not allowed into the facility.
  • Parents of swimmers with a medical issue or need will be permitted into the facility on a case-by-case basis with a Bayside Aquatics coach approval.
  • Please provide your swimmer a Ziplock bag or other small, waterproof container for storage of face coverings during practice.   
  • Ensure adherence to all MAAPP and Safe Sport guidelines.
  • Inform coaches when travelling domestically or internationally to regions heavily impacted by CODVID-19.

Entering the Facility

  • Remain in your car until a coach or staff member indicates the facility entry procedures can begin.
  • Line up at designated markers (6 feet apart) outside of the facility entrance.
  • Do not advance until the marker in front of you has been cleared.
  • As you approach the facility entrance, a coach or team volunteer will perform a short health assessment, including taking the swimmers temperature, before allowing the swimmer access the facility.
  • Upon entry into the facility, the swimmer will be ushered to a social distancing compliant staging area to store belongings and prepare for practice.
  • Swimmers will remain in their respective areas until a coach or staff member provides instructions on entering the pool.
  • Swimmers will remove their facial coverings immediately prior to entering the pool. 

During Swim Practice

  • There will be no more than 4 swimmers per lane at all times. 
  • In each lane, there will be one swimmer at each side of the pool and one swimmer that begins and ends in the middle of the pool. 
  • Coaches will wear a mask at all times during practice. 
  • Coaches will stand at least 6 feet from the edge of the pool. 
  • Swimmers will wear masks anytime they exit the water. 

Exiting the Facility

  • Coaches will stagger the exit of swimmers from the pool.
  • Swimmers will return directly to their respective area and immediately prepare for departing the facility.
  • Once all swimmers are prepared to leave, they will be ushered outside the facility for pick-up.

COVID19 Daily SelfAssessment Checklist

  • Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.3) or have you had a fever in the last 72 hours?
  • Do you have loss of smell or taste?
  • Do you have a cough?  
  • Do you have muscle aches?  
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have shortness of breath?  
  • Do you have chills?  
  • Do you have a headache?  
  • Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite? 
  • Have you been diagnosed with COVID‐19? 
  • Have you been placed on quarantine by a medical professional or local public health official for exposure to COVID-19? 
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID‐19?  
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone asked to self‐quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19? 

COVID-19 Symptoms Protocol  

  • Any swimmer answering “yes” to any of the questions in the COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment Checklist (above), will be sent home.
  • Swimmers answering “yes” to any of the questions in the COVID-19 Daily Self-Assessment Checklist (above) will not be allowed to come back to practice until they have 10 consecutive symptom-free days or a recent negative COVID-19 test.
  • Same household siblings of a swimmer experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above will also be required to stay home.