Naval Academy Aquatic Club

Maryland Swimming
Level 4
Excellence 300

NAAC – Thank you all so much for your support of our club and our coaches through the COVID-19 pandemic. In unprecedented times, our club has shown tremendous team unity and support and we all greatly appreciate your efforts!

After much discussion and research into the different policies and regulations pertinent to a safe return to activities, we have developed a plan to get our athletes back in the water as safely as possible when we are able to do so.  There will be a tiered return to practice, with older swimmers resuming first then progressing through age groups to younger swimmers.

Our plan to return safely to the water is  based on the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC, local health and city officials, USA Swimming and in collaboration with other regional swim clubs.  We will need to adhere and incorporate all requirements of the USNA when they become available.

The success of our return-to-swim plan will require a team effort. That means swimmers, coaches and parents will need to follow the plan, and help others adhere to the plan. We expect everyone to adhere to these plans, practice physical distancing and proper hygiene at all times. Should any member not adhere to these guidelines their participation in practices will be suspended.

 

Following these guidelines will help to protect everyone on the team as well as ensure our continued access to the USNA and other facilities we may need to rent.

 

BEFORE LEAVING HOME:

Any swimmer experiencing any of these symptoms below should remain at home and seek medical treatment:

  • A fever (100.4°F or higher)
  • Recent cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain not usually associated with working out and joint pain (unusual fatigue)
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste  or smell
  • Swimmers must be fever-free for 72 hours before returning to practice. A fever is considered a body temp of 100.4 or higher
  • NAAC must receive signed copy of the athlete/participant waiver before any athlete will be allowed to practice

 

 

ARRIVING TO PRACTICE AND WHILE ON DECK:

PPE requirements:

  • All coaches will wear masks during practices at all times when unable to phyiscally distance themselves from swimmers or other coaches
  • All athletes will wear masks entering and exiting the facility and on deck when unable to physically distance from others
  • All coaches and athletes will be subject to a temperature scan before entering the facility
  • Upon entering the facility all coaches and athletes must use hand sanitizer provided by club
  • Before entering the water, Coaches will check water to make sure the chlorine levels are at 2.0 or higher.  2.0 or higher is the suggested chlorine level by the CDC that kills COVID-19.  If water test fails for any reason, practice will be canceled

 

Physical distancing requirements:

  • Athletes and coaches must make every effort to maintain 6 feet distance at all times even when wearing PPE
  • There will be marked area on the pool deck for athletes to leave their personal belongings to ensure physical distancing
  • Once athletes enter the facility, they will go to marked spot and await instructions from a coach

 

Facility procedures:

  • There will be a one-way entrance and one-way exit
  • All doors will be propped open to avoid any contact
  • Bathrooms are for emergency use only.  One stall and one sink will be marked for use.  If used the Coaching staff will disinfect at the end of each practice
  • There will be a 15-minute window between practices
  • All athletes from previous practice must exit the facility before athletes for following practice may enter

     

Athlete/family protocol:

  • Athletes must arrive and depart in their swimsuit
  • Athletes will not be able to change or shower at the facility
  • Athletes will stay in cars in parking lot until signaled to enter by a coach
  • If they arrive early, they should wait in their car until the appropriate time to enter the facility.
  • All athletes will have temperature scans before entering facility
  • Athletes must leave the facility immediately at the completion of any practice
  • Parents/spectators will not be allowed in the facility at any time and are expected to practice physical distancing while waiting for their athlete and wear masks
  • We will ensure that the appropriate number of coaches/adults are present during each practice to comply with MAAPP
  • Athletes should bring their own water bottle (already filled) and any other equipment required by their coach

 

HEALTH CRITERIA:

 

  • Criteria that must be met by athlete/coach and anyone residing in their household in order to be eligible to attend practice:
  • Cannot have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
  • Cannot have a positive COVID-19 test in the last 14 days
  • Any athlete or staff member experiencing any symptoms of a fever, recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache or has had any exposure to someone who has any symptoms should remain at home and seek medical treatment
  • If any athlete or staff member has a fever or symptoms of illnesses, they may not attend practice until 72 hours after fever or symptoms have ceased
  • Athletes and staff must see a physician and be cleared for training after being diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19
  • For us all to stay healthy and be able to keep swimming, we ask our athletes to please practice responsible physical distancing when they are away from the pool as well

 

FAILURE OF HEALTH SCAN PROCEDURE:

Should any athlete or coach fail or refuse to take the NAAC Health Scan Questionnaire prior to entering the facility they must leave the practice immediately.  Should an athlete or coach present with a temperature higher than 100.4 they will need to leave the facility immediately and note it in their questionnaire.  They will not be allowed back at practice for 72 hours.

 

WHAT WE ENVISION A PRACTICE TO LOOK LIKE:

  1. Coaches will arrive 15 minutes before scheduled practice in PPE. 
    1. Before entering facility, all coaches must be assessed for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors:
      Each Coach & Athlete must pass a health scan which includes a series of questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms and a temperature scan.
  2. Once they have passed Health scan, recorded results and used hand sanitizer, Coaches will enter facility for a preliminary safety check including:
    1. Testing the water to make sure all chemicals are at a safe level to swim and that the CHL level is 2.0 or higher.   
    2. Locate pump room and main shut off valve for pool.
    3. Insure there is proper safety equipment on deck and note location of safety equipment.
    4. Prop open any door or doors athletes may need access to eliminate touching door handles.
  3. Athletes will arrive 5-10 minutes before practice and wait in cars until signaled by a coach.  When signaled, athletes will exit cars with masks on.  They will line up outside facility 6 feet apart.  Before entering facility, they will be given the Health & Temp Scan.  Once they have recorded their information on their phones, they will use hand sanitizer and enter facility.
  4. Once on deck they will report to marked area on deck where they can put their belonging (1 small bag) and wait for further instruction from a coach. 
  5. Coaches will pre-assign lanes and call each swimmer to their lane one by one.  Max per lane will be 4.
  6. Coaches will create workouts that keep athletes 6 feet apart at all times. 
  7. Once practice is over all athletes must return to their assigned deck area, collect their belongings and exit facility and parking lot within 5 minutes end of practice.   Exit door will be marked and all athletes will exit through one door.
  8. After all athletes have exited facility, Coaches will wash deck area used with pool water and disinfect bathroom.