Weekly News - October 19, 2020

Riptide Swim Team

Weekly News – October 19, 2020


New Information

  • Registration is closed for the Dual meet with SCSC. We do still have a few volunteer slots remaining to be filled. Please sign up for a volunteer position if your child is participating in the meet. As always, keep your eyes on the Meet Info page for all relevant updates for Saturday.
  • Saturday practices are canceled for all groups except Sr-Elite, Sr2, Jr-Select & Gold due to the Dual meet.
  • Registration for the Nov 6/7 IntraSquad has been extended and will now close tonight. Slots do remain available so please secure yours today if you would like to race!
  • New Cold Weather Entry/Exit Policy – Beginning TONIGHT. Tomorrow’s forecast of snow makes this an urgent priority. Please see the attached pdf for a map of the new process. The important points to know:
    • Parents – It is imperative that you continue to be ON TIME for pick-ups after practice. We cannot have groups of kids in the lobby area awaiting their pick-up. Make every effort to be at Bluewater when your swimmer exits the building following their practice.
    • We will return to the tried and true Riptide process for drop-off and pick-up using only the building’s the front doors. This means that traffic continues to flow one-way through the lot. Drive in through the far entry we use now and out near the Elsmore driveway exit. No more drop-offs at the side/rear of building.
    • For drop-offs - pull up to the main doors and exit on the building side of the car to walk into the building. 7-Lane swimmers (Sr2, Jr-Select, 9&U, Bronze & Sr1B) enter through the dryland door to your left closest to Elsmore. 8-Lane swimmers (Sr-Elite, Gold, Silver, MSTS & Sr1A) enter through main double doors.
    • For pick-ups – Follow the one-way traffic path and pull into a parking space. Have your swimmer walk to your car. Do NOT cue-up in line for pick-ups.
    • Be sure your swimmer has warm clothing! Stocking caps are a must with wet hair in the cold weather.
    • EVERYONE must bring a plastic bag in which to place your boots/shoes to then be left in the assigned area prior to walking on deck. Put your shoes/boots into your bag and leave them in the assigned location (see pdf). Keep this bag in your backpack at all times so that you can use it every day. We are trying to avoid wet boots soaking the lobby carpets. After practice, you dry off and get dressed at your chair as you do now. Then proceed back collect your shoe-bag and exit the building.
    • Locker rooms are still closed except for afternoon swimmers coming directly from school.
    • Refer to the attached pdf to see the process flow for 7-Lane A&B and 8-Lane A&B. Your group is:
      • 8-Lane Process A – Sr-Elite, Silver & MSTS
      • 8-Lane Process B – Gold & SR1A
      • 7-Lane Process A – Sr2, 9&U & Bronze
      • 7-Lane Process B – Jr-Select & Sr1B
    • Coaches will be on hand tonight to direct swimmers through the new processes.
    • In summary
      • Drop and pick-up through front doors
      • Bring plastic bag in which to place boots/shoes to leave in assigned location (see pdf)
      • Masks on as normal and head to your deck chair with your bag/parka/etc.
      • Have WARM clothing…stocking caps HIGHLY recommended all winter with wet hair!
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should swimmers exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid-19 and/or with a fever of 100.4 or higher attend practices. Please work together to reduce the risk of infection. If your swimmer has had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, you must keep them away from the pool and not return for 14 days or until you have a negative Covid test result.



  • Age-group swimmers are encouraged to check-out our upcoming swim clinics! We have a great list of clinics listed on the homepage under Upcoming Team Events.
  • Safe Sport Team Info - To maintain our team’s Safe Sport certification, Riptide must have a minimum percentage of its membership (both athletes and parents) complete the SafeSport training. Thank you for your support!
    • Athletes - We need our 12 and over athletes to take the course. To access the on-line course, go to https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/learn and enter the swimmer's name and birthdate to log in. You may need to select their name from a list, look for our club code - RIPT. Once on the Learn platform, look for the SafeSport for Athletes education module. You will need to "Add to Cart" and "Checkout" (the course is free) to continue. The course itself should take less than 10 minutes.
    • Parents - To access, go to https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/learn and enter the your name and birthdate to log in. You need to select their name from a list, look for our club code - RIPT. Once on the Learn platform, look for the SafeSport for Parents education module. You will need to "Add to Cart" and "Checkout" (the course is free) to continue. The course itself should take less than 10 minutes.
  • Coach Michelle Hopewell is running Private Lessons for interested swimmers during weekday hours. If you are interested, please email her directly at [email protected].
  • Covid Safety Processes –Please review the Standard Operating Procedures. Our SOP’s are subject to change and all changes will be communicated to families via email. Three critical points:
    • Masks required when not swimming. Place your masks on as soon as reasonably possible after completing your in-water practice.
    • 6-foot social distancing is required when not swimming.
    • Swimmers are not allowed to loiter in the parking lot following practices. When your practice is completed, please exit the facility and parking lot immediately. If you wish to “hang-out” please do so somewhere else.
  • Coach Contact Information
  • Please direct all billing inquiries to Alison Pye. She may be reached at [email protected].


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